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Crank (2006)


Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 36

Critics Consensus: It's a film about a guy injected with Speed... wait, there's no bus. It's a film about a guy who has to kick a bunch of squirmy butt to stay alive... wait, no snakes or planes here. But it is a film about doing lots of drugs and pulling lots of punches, and it entertains accordingly.

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: It's a film about a guy injected with Speed... wait, there's no bus. It's a film about a guy who has to kick a bunch of squirmy butt to stay alive... wait, no snakes or planes here. But it is a film about doing lots of drugs and pulling lots of punches, and it entertains accordingly.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 441,651


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Brian Taylor
In Theaters:
Jan 9, 2007
Box Office:
Lionsgate - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Crank

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (36) | DVD (16)

It's a promising concept, but instead of expending effort on, say, a coherent script, the filmmakers lazily rely on cheap editing tricks and gleefully relentless sadism.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Leave it alone, or leave your brain and pocket change at the gate, strap yourself in and just enjoy the ride.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Viewers baffled by stuff happening for no particular reason should probably stay well away.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

For those who enjoy this brand of wholly mindless entertainment, Crank delivers.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
Top Critic

Jason Stratham rampages through Los Angeles in this retread of Speed, but for a movie premised on unrelenting action, Crank proves fatally turgid.

September 5, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie is cranked up somewhere between stylish and proudly stupid.

Full Review… | September 2, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's trashy, gory, gratuitous, ridiculous, completely far-fetched, and I had a smile on my face the entire time.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Gets by on a unique kind of absurd, deadpan humor in which the most implausible stuff cheerfully happens anyway.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Sure, Crank is totally ridiculous, unbelievable, exhausting, and pretty much just plain stupid, but that's what makes it fun.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Ranks among the most mindless action films ever made, but scores as a helluva video game.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

The super-concentrated silt at the bottom of a chemistry experiment that has no possible purpose to it but to deliver whatever limited jolt of which it's capable.

Full Review… | February 8, 2007
Film Freak Central

Its freneticism ... futilely tries to cover up the ludicrousness of every decision made by its dim characters.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007
Lessons of Darkness

Assaults the senses tirelessly with wave after wave of momentum-building intensity, with Jason Statham enjoying his best role since The Transporter.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007

You might just want to catch a matinee or wait for the DVD. This is definitely not worth your 10 bucks.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
3BlackChicks Review

Adrenalina é de uma idiotice contagiante.

November 30, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Some of the directing touches are fun, but the Grand Theft Auto overdrive wears thin quick.

Full Review… | November 22, 2006

Safety advice: remember to breathe when you're watching this movie.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Urban Cinefile

The most fun I've had at the movies all year.

Full Review… | October 2, 2006
Goatdog's Movies

There are times the film threatens to turn into a good "bad movie."

Full Review… | October 1, 2006
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

'D.O.A.' for the 'Grand Theft Auto' generation, 'Crank' is too scattershot to hone in on the cult masterpiece waiting within its brilliant exploitation premise.

September 29, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A cheerily lunatic slice of B-movie heaven.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Austin Chronicle

At times, Crank is loads of fun and threatens to enter that golden territory of so-bad-it's-good, but the violence grows far too ugly and is so unrelenting that it becomes tiresome.

September 23, 2006

Crank works overtime to be a disreputable bit of pulp fiction, and for the first half or so it's like inhaling the cinematic equivalent of the film's title.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Demented, depraved and probably bad for your soul in the long run, the pedal-to-the-metal action film "Crank" nonetheless provides a jolt of pure, uncut movie-making.

Full Review… | September 14, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Crank


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

An adrenaline-filled path of destruction. The Neveldine-Taylor combination presents pointless entertainment and hardcore mentality. With Jason Statham at the focal point of all the damage, the film is wildly out of control and is yet able to provide for a very different kind of action film. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Crank is the cinematic equivalent of getting a shot of adrenaline right into your cerebral cortex.It renders you slightly confused, very excited, and for some reason...slightly aroused.
Now I know you are probably saying to yourself, "isn't that film just Speed, but with a heart instead of a bus." You would be wrong. Not about the heart thing because that is totally true, but you would be wrong in assuming that that is all this film has to offer. What it delivers is truly beyond comprehension. And depending on the elasticity of your moral compass, that could either be a good or a bad thing. After all,this film features, but is not limited to; dismemberment, public rape, hands in waffle irons, phone calls during skydiving, boner gags, instantly disappearing gunshot wounds, Dwight Yokam, and gobs of racism.
Fortunately, I had been warned several times and went into it with the correct mindset. Meaning, if you are able to take off your critic's hat and your ability to empathize with other human beings, then Crank is quite an enjoyable experience.
But viewer be warned, do not imbibe energy drinks or attempt any strenuous activity while viewing Crank. I had the misfortune of watching this film on my iphone during a grueling bike ride and was pretty convinced that my heart was going to explode at any moment.
Now that you have been warned, go rent Crank now and enjoy the ride.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

This movie was really well made, but I saw a really crappy version, so some parts were indecipherable. Jason Statham is great no matter what he's in, and the soundtrack and pace of this flick were exhilerating. I guess they'd have to be, given the subject matter. It kind of fell flat by the end though, and Amy Smart's character was disappointing.

To quote Cracked: Jason Statham has to keep doing awesome things or it's all over, making this Jason Statham's Career: The Movie.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

Crank Quotes

Chev Chelios: How'd you like that one, tough guy? How fricking awesome was that, huh?
– Submitted by Alec L (18 months ago)
Warehouse Hood 1: Chev you should crawl into a dark corner and do us all a favor an die. Chev Chelios: What you think I have the word 'cunt' wrote on my forehead?
– Submitted by Caomh M (2 years ago)
Doc Miles: [to Chev] If you stop you die. Chev Chelios: [to store clerk] If you move you die.
– Submitted by Alex S (3 years ago)

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