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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
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    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: 46 out of 61
  2. Negative: 11 out of 61
  1. RichardT.
    Sep 5, 2006
    listen, this movie wasn't meant to be any citizen kane suck off. This movie is pure entertainment. If you like ridiculous movies, see it.
  2. Case
    Sep 11, 2006
    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
    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
    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
    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. Aug 27, 2010
    On one hand, you have to admire the filmmakers for keeping up with such a crazy storyline (almost to the point of Loony-Tunes cartoon-making), but on the other hand you have to question the necessity of having such an adrenaline charged "plot" to start with. Either way, it's a 1984-esque foyer into the desensitized future of film-making, so you better enjoy the ride while it lasts.... Expand
  7. MartinS.
    Jan 13, 2007
    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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