Sunday, September 03, 2006
Movie Reviews: CRANK
The life of a trained assassin is never easy, but for Chev (Jason Statham), it gets much worse when he discovers he has been poisoned and must keep his adrenaline above a certain level to avoid death.
Cast Jason Statham, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Jose Pablo Cantillo (more)
Director(s) Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Status In theaters (wide)
Genre(s) Action/Adventure, Drama (General), Hit Men, Assassins
Release Date Sept. 1, 2006
MPAA Rating R - for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use.
Crank is one of those totally mindless high energy movies that never lets up from start to finish. While this movie is about as dumb as a movie can get its still enjoyable. Jason Statham is perfect in the role of super cool marked for death assassin Chev Chelios. He brings some excellent energy to the film with the frantic frenetic-izm the role requires. Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor raid tons of movies for their inspiration. Speed, Run Lola Run, and Go just to name a few. Doing this could have blown up in the directors faces but they manage to effectively take the better part of the styles of those films and keep the movie pace at such a brisk pace that you dont have enough time to dissect anything too deeply. The directors also take advantage of just about any moment to inject dark grizzly humor into any of the movies scenes. It works and its an enjoyable experience. That being said, dont think too much about anything or any of the characters in Crank because itll just detract from the movie. Most of characters couldnt even be called cardboard cut outs because that would mean they had more depth than they actually do. Poor Amy Smart is tasked with playing one of the dumbest characters in movie history. Freckles aside this is still a very fun movie and worth a watch.