Crank

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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 turnsChev 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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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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Crank is an efficient, witty, junkyard dog of an action movie for its first hour. Unfortunately, the script runs out of gas before the hero does. While it's cooking, though, it's violently preposterous fun.
  3. Neveldine and Taylor empty their handbasket of cinematic tricks. They display visual wit, have fun with pop songs, and shoot much of the film in slightly choppy fast-motion ("under-cranked," get it?).
  4. 67
    It's a sympathomimetic monoamine that stimulates the central nervous system! Hooray epinephrine! And that's all I'm going to say about Crank.
  5. 63
    One could argue that Crank works best as a comedy. It's occasionally funny, and some times VERY funny.
  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: 45 out of 63
  2. Negative: 11 out of 63
  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 toThis 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 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 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. TomA.
    Jan 6, 2007
    8
    It seems as though Ms. Weitzman took Crank seriously. Such a mistake. This film
  5. Dec 26, 2011
    8
    This movie is fairly interesting. Having had late night anxiety attacks at one point in my life - I totally know what Crank intended to beThis movie is fairly interesting. Having had late night anxiety attacks at one point in my life - I totally know what Crank intended to be depicting with the constant need of adrenaline activity to keep yourself going. Although I have to say without Statham this movie would be nothing but a joke. Expand
  6. May 9, 2015
    6
    A pretty interesting movie, but a little strange .
  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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