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  • Summary: Chev Chelios (Statham) is about to begin his morning with an unexpected wake-up call. Groggy, practically unable to move and with a heart that's barely beating, he hears the voice of thug Ricky Verona, who reveals Chev has been poisoned in his sleep and only has an hour to live. As it turns out, Chev is a hit man who freelances for a major West Coast syndicate. A run of the mill job the night before instead went awry: he let his target slip away in an effort to quit professional killing and start a new life with his girlfriend Eve. Now, Chev must keep moving to stay alive: the only way to prolong the poison from stopping his heart is to keep his adrenaline flowing. As the clock ticks, Chelios cuts a swath through the streets of Los Angeles, wreaking havoc on those who dare stand in his way. He must rescue Eve from danger, stay two steps ahead of his nemeses and search for an antidote to save his own life. (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    80
    A Saw for the action crowd, this is an intense, stripped-down ride that goes places you’d never expect. Edgy and outrageous, it should get the fearless Statham some deserved attention.
  2. If you can stomach the hard-R rating, this is a smart, sexy and funny sprint.
  3. The 2006 summer movie season went out with a reasonable bang courtesy of Crank, a jacked-up, unapologetically mindless bit of ADD-prescribed escapism that more or less delivers on a nifty premise.
  4. The movie is cranked up somewhere between stylish and proudly stupid, dusted with sunniness from Amy Smart (as Chev's sleepy girlfriend) -- and guaranteed to be out of your system by the time the lights come up.
  5. So blatantly contrived it could be called The Fast and the Spurious, Crank has the small saving grace of being intentionally ridiculous. The action sequences are more notable for their outrageousness than their visceral power.
  6. 58
    Its a stupid thrill for a while, but the high wears off, and the anything-goes approach gets headache-inducing.
  7. Every movie's gotta have a gimmick, and Crank's is that it has an excellent shot at ending 2006 as the worst film of the year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 62
  2. Negative: 11 out of 62
  1. Nov 17, 2012
    10
    This movie is almost enlightening. Everything is done in absolute excess - the action is not only fast-paced and non-stop, but also absurd to the point of laughter. Action flick tropes are exploited to the point of parody, and calling the intended humor "blue" or "dark" would be an understatement - jokes aren't just in poor taste, they're completely taboo. Add another brilliantly deadpan performance by Jason Statham and frantic, almost schizophrenic editing, and it's a befuddling, brilliant mess of movie bliss. Expand
  2. Case
    Sep 11, 2006
    10
    One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. One of a kind non-stop action movie. Pure adrenaline. I and 6 others watched the movie. I was the only one who loved it. Expand
  3. PJK
    Jul 3, 2008
    10
    Lots 'n lots 'n lots 'n lots 'n lots of action. So much that you just love it. Best action movie ever. You can really see how Jason put a lot of work into it. Truly awesome. Expand
  4. MarkP.
    Jan 7, 2007
    8
    While there wasn't necessarily anything amazing in this movie, I just found it incredibly entertaining. And when I sit down to watch an action movie, that is really all I care about. Expand
  5. May 20, 2012
    8
    This movie is basically fun, mindless entertainment. It is unexpectedly funny and has stylish cinematography and over-the-top action scenes. Silly action movie done good. Expand
  6. May 26, 2014
    6
    Chev Chelios is arguably Jason Statham's best known character and Crank is arguably his best known film, but it is far from his best film. Chev Chelios (Statham) is a gun for hire, who will work for anyone who can pay him. One day he wakes up in a daze and finds a video in which a former employer tells him, that he poisoned him with a rare adrenaline inhibitor, which will kill him in a few hours. Chelios goes out seeking revenge, but must keep his adrenaline pumping, in order to slow the poison down. It's a strange story, but as usual, Statham is terrific, playing his most extreme character. Chelios is a crazy man who goes to extremes, however that's all this film has to offer. Non-stop action can sometimes be fun, but when it's the same thing repeating over and over again for 90 minutes, even the biggest action fan gets tired of it. Statham is paired with Amy Smart who starred in my favorite movie of all-time, The Butterfly Effect, and surprisingly she was terrible! She plays Chelios's girlfriend, a girl who is as dumb as dirt and who follows this crazy man blindly through the city on his hunt for revenge. Crank has some humor and a terrific leading man, but unfortunately, there isn't much of story. Besides Statham's well known one-liners and his ridiculous moves, there is really nothing to see here. Crank is one of those films that starts out strong and then just never goes anywhere. Having seen a lot of Statham's movies lately, I was hoping his best known film would be his most exciting, but it wasn't. It's the same scene repeated many times over, and I was tired of it after a half hour. Expand
  7. MartinS.
    Jan 13, 2007
    0
    A collosal piece of crap. Jason Statham is starting to make me reconsider the genius of Chuck Norris. Strictly for the brain dead.

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