Crank

Crank

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Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart

     
 

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A one-time freelance hitman who was just attempting to turn his life around is forced to keep his heart pumping when his vengeful former employers inject him with a lethal poison that will permanently stop his ticker if his pulse sinks beneath an active rate in a non-stop urban action extravaganza starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart. Chev Chelios (Statham) was one of

Overview

A one-time freelance hitman who was just attempting to turn his life around is forced to keep his heart pumping when his vengeful former employers inject him with a lethal poison that will permanently stop his ticker if his pulse sinks beneath an active rate in a non-stop urban action extravaganza starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart. Chev Chelios (Statham) was one of the most skilled assassins in the West Coast crime syndicate. When he hung up his guns in the middle of a job to run off with his new girlfriend Eve (Smart), however, the man who was once the hunter now becomes the hunted. Awakened from his slumber by a telephone call informing him of his precarious situation, Chelios soon discovers that the only way to save Eve from certain death at the hands of his nemesis is to stay two steps ahead of his killers, keep his heart-rate high enough to stay alive, and blast through the streets of Los Angeles in search of an antidote.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The world needs a movie like Crank. Its detractors will preach the negatives of embracing video-game logic and ADD style on the big screen, but they're missing the fact that this movie might just be the breath of fresh air that was sorely needed in the action film world. While the Michael Bays and Jerry Bruckheimers of Hollywood inflate their budgets and lengths to give them that bloated franchise pedigree, here comes a 15-million-dollar underdog that dares to entertain its audience throughout every single minute of its brisk 88-minute running time. Sure, the flick was tailored for the young male video-game crowd, but there are certainly others who will slurp up this tasty concoction just as much. When it comes down to it, if viewers are sold on the premise, they'll probably be sold on the final product. Directing duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor throw buckets of style at the wall that somehow gel into a package not unlike Wayne Kramer's gonzo crime thriller from the same year, Running Scared. Again, many viewers won't have the taste for such excessive salad dressing in their cinema, but this caffeinated meal would not be the same without it -- so in other words, "squares" stay far away. Star Jason Statham cleverly picked this project to get back to the '70s style of on-the-run filmmaking, with little to no CG or wirework to muddy it up -- and it paid off. Crank is bold, wild, stupid, and fun -- living up to expectations for those who are tired of conventions and just want their films to take off at 100 mph and not stop until the credits roll.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2007
UPC:
0031398206927
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
15,106

Special Features

Crank'd out mode!; For the first time ever, experience exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, making-of insights, interviews, running commentary and more without ever leaving the film!; Family-friendly audio!; enjoy the film without the usual explitives...should you so wish.; English and Spanish subtitles; 16x9 widescreen version; 5.1 dolby digital surround EX audio; 2.0 dolby digital audio

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Performance Credits
Jason Statham Chev Chelios
Amy Smart Eve
Jose Pablo Cantillo Verona
Efren Ramirez Kaylo
Dwight Yoakam Doc Miles
Carlos Sanz Carlito
Reno Wilson Orlando
Edi Gathegi Haitian Cabbie
Glenn Howerton Doctor Ankleson
Jay Xcala Alex
Keone Young Don Kim
Valarie Rae Miller Chocolate
Yusef Azami Arab Cabbie
Laurent Schwaar Man in Garage
David Brown Sin City Brother
Dorian Kingi Convenience Store Clerk
Med Abrous Verona Crew
Dan Stevens Verona Crew
Wally Lozano Verona Crew
David T. Green Hightower
Eve Loseth Restaurant Waitress
Allen Bloomfield Pharmacy Man
Stephanie Mace Pharmacist
Chester Bennington Pharmacy Stoner
Michael McLafferty Hospital Cop
Earl Carroll Stretcher Patient
Brian Swibel Hospital Tech
Donnie Smith Hospital Tech
Sean Graham Motorcycle Cop
Dan Callahan TV Store Guy
Noel Guglielmi Warehouse Rooftop Hood
Daniel Venegas Warehouse Window Hood
Francis Capra Warehouse Hood Leader
Frank Blake Warehouse Hood 1
Michael J. Gonzalez Warehouse Hood 2
Ken Moreno Hood 3
Troy Robinson Hood 4
Eddie Perez Hood 5
Justin Riemer Hood 6
Peter Choi Shirt Factory Supervisor
Elizabeth Jayne Hong Bus Girl
Toshi Toda Japanese Businessman
Sam Witwer Shootout Henchman
Jai Stefan Shootout Henchman
Jaclyn Chan Cocoon Girl
Rick Shuster Helicopter Pilot
Ted Garcia TV Reporter

Technical Credits
Mark Neveldine Director,Camera Operator,Screenwriter
Brian Taylor Director,Screenwriter
Deborah Aquila Casting
Brian Berdan Editor
Adam Biddle Cinematographer
Peter Block Executive Producer
William Paul Clark Art Director,Asst. Director
Chris Cornwell Art Director
Michael Davis Producer
Jerry Fleming Production Designer
Paul Haslinger Score Composer
Matt Kutcher Special Effects Supervisor
Christopher Lawrence Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Warren Lindemann Sound/Sound Designer
Annette Lorant Makeup
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Brian McNelis Musical Direction/Supervision
Barbara Mesney Set Decoration/Design
Steven A. Morrow Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Eric Reid Executive Producer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
David Scott Rubin Executive Producer
Jennifer Smith Casting
Mark Taylor Screenwriter
Skip Williamson Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Richard S. Wright Producer

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Crank 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Beasto More than 1 year ago
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are awesome directors, and crank is freakin awesome, it is full of intense action and it's crazy at the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow this was an unexpectantly good movie. Mixed humor and pure action, this movie will keep your attention to the very end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor may be fairly new at the game of writing and directing as a team, but if CRANK is any indication of what they can do, they probably have the genre sewn up! Definitely not a film for the squeamish or the easily offended by potty mouth dialog, CRANK delivers its own brand of breakneck action and very funny comedic outtakes into a platform for the likes of Jason Statham, so well remembered for his role in Transporter/s, and a cast that gives him fine support. Chev Chelios (Statham, in fine fettle but oddly keeping his shirt on to for once cover his physique...) is a contract killer who has just snuffed a man the local drug dealers in LA are not happy about: relationships between LA and Hong Kong have been strained. As a result one peppy bodybuilder hunk named Verona (Jose Pablo Cantillo) injects him with an adrenaline-blocking drug that gives Chev only an hour to live. And thus starts the action: Chev must find medication or an antidote within the hour or he will die. Chev informs his girlfriend Eve (gifted comedienne Amy Smart) of his crisis but Eve is so ditzy she doesn't comprehend, leaving very little brain cell action to help Chev. The story is a bit shallow but that really doesn't get in the way when the purpose of the movie is to see just how violent and how many kills and disasters can be created before the final bizarre ending. Statham and Smart make a great team, giving some of the best humor imaginable in a story that is basically humorless. Good casting here. But also the actors who portray the ancillary parts - Cantillo as the embodiment of buff evil, Efren Ramirez as Chev's reliable ally, Dwight Yoakam as his disjointed doctor, Carlos Sanz as the head bad guy, Reno Wilson, Edi Gathegi - are finely directed by this team of Neveldine and Taylor, making sure that there is just enough parody and gag lines to keep our minds active during the barrage of mayhem. You have to like action thrillers to watch this one, but it is one of the better flicks of its kind to come out in a while! Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie keeps moving at a fast pace the whole time. Great action, recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked Jason Statham in "Transporter" so I thought this movie would be good. I was so disappointed. This movie is boring and pointless. Nothing but foul language and so-so action scenes. Don't waste your time or money. Skip this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was decent but my husband heavily enjoyed it of course. Its "B" type movie, not a serious, not a critic movie. It is a movie for the people with a simple plot that allows great, heart-pumping action. Crank starts off with superficially appealing opening titles over glass-shattering rock music, and once the movie starts going, it presents itself as an obvious entry in the race-against- time category of movies. Despite points where I would either drastically change a scene or just leave it the hell out, there are some fun moments, such as when Statham tries to evade police by racing his car through a mall and making it up an escalator in it, and when he runs through a hospital desperate for an adrenaline hit carelessly shoving and knocking over elderly patients with catheters and walkers. Honestly, I found Statham's performance in Crank to be possibly one of his best. He continues his career with a lack of versatility the genre of movies he tends to be cast in, with the exception of the romantic comedy London, but his character is unlike any of the other generally wooden, raspy-voiced, earthily cynical characters he's played since his first role. Lock, Stock, Snatch, the Transporter films, and even Cellular showcase him in practically identical roles. In Crank, which involves gangsters, shootouts and other high-over-the-top action sequences, and a character's fatal deadline, themes that you can find in each of the films previously mentioned, he is shown in a role as an aggressive, hasty, impulsive, and highly temperamental person. I mean, when has Statham ever raised his voice or conveyed emotion in any of his films? Here, he does, and that makes it a much more likable role than if it were played by most other action stars. The film has great momentum and everything mentioned above, but depreciates greatly from the introduction of Amy Smart's token girlfriend character. She plays her role to the fullest, but the Lambourghini ride pace of the movie is severed when her screen time starts. There's also a nonsensical and completely out-of-place sequence where Statham coerces her into having sex with her, impulsively, amidst a large crowd to keep his decreasing heart rate from plundering and thus letting the poison he's been given finally worn out. That scene was a turn off, frankly. It and a few other scenes at around this point in the movie. In the Laws and Doctrines of the Race Against Time Movie, it states that you may not slow down. Even when the plot must take expository time, you do it in a clever way where we are still gripping our chair arms. Crank is not a work of art by any standard, but it doesn't follow formula and it keeps you entertained.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The person that said this movie is boring and slow must have been watching the wrong movie! This is one of the fastest paced movies you will ever see, filled with action from start to finish. It was a pleasant surprise, and had some really funny scened as well. My wife and I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crank will kick you in the face, cinematically of course. I expected the mayhem, torture, destruction, and reckless regard for human life, but I didn't expect to laugh! You need to watch this, it's camera work and scene splicing are creative and fun to watch. Do like Chev Chelios (Stratham) and rob a convenience store of anything and everything with caffeine before you watch this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fun movie, enjoyable, with a dose of hilarity which seems to follow Statham's undercut acting style wherever he goes - even if he's acting psycho throughout this particular film. Action sequences abound, and some of them hold their own against the accusation of being derivative! So, apart from recommending it, I'd just have to say that I would love to have been at the meeting where they pitched this. You have to figure Statham's "prurient" scenes with the female lead inspired the whole movie, at least on some level.
onestell More than 1 year ago
This film is one of the most exciting, dynamic films to hit the screen (it would smash through, if it could). It is a thrill-ride from the first frame to the last, and the cast headed by Mr. Statham and the stunning Ms. Smart will make every improbable situation work for the audience. It's got it all ... graphic violence, foul language a-plenty, and the smoldering sexuality of Ms. Smart and Mr. Statham (yes, they do get hot 'n heavy here, kids)! It is no holds barred entertainment of the highest caliber! Bravo!
Joker777 More than 1 year ago
What a crazy adrenaline packed movie. Jason Statham in one of his craziest, but best performances. This movie is an action junkies dream, fully loaded with one scene after another with a great script and some cool twists.
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