Crank (2006)

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Critic 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.

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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 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
R (for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Jason Statham
as Chev Chelios
Dwight Yoakam
as Doc Miles
Carlos Sanz
as Carlito
Reno Wilson
as Orlando
Edi Gathegi
as Cab Driver
Keone Young
as Don Kim
Glenn Howerton
as Hospital Doctor
Laurent Schwaar
as Man in Garage
David Brown
as Sin City Brother
Yusef Azami
as Arab Cabbie
Dorian Kingi
as Convenience Store Clerk
Med Abrous
as Verona Crew No. 1
Daniel Stevens
as Verona Crew No. 2
Wally Lozano
as Verona Crew No. 3
David T. Green
as Hightower
Allen Bloomfield
as Pharmacy Man
Stephanie Mace
as Pharmacist
Chester Bennington
as Pharmacy Stoner
Michael McLafferty
as Hospital Cop
Earl Carroll
as Stretcher Patient
Brian Swibel
as Dr. Bell
Sean Graham
as Motorcycle Cop
Dan Callahan
as TV Store Guy
Noel Gugliemi
as Warehouse Rooftop Hood
Donnie Smith
as Hospital Tech
Daniel Venegas
as Warehouse Window Hood
Francis Capra
as Warehouse Hood Leader
Peter Choi
as Shirt Factory Supervisor
Noel Guglielmi
as Warehouse Rooftop Hood
Toshi Toda
as Japanese Businessman
Sam Witwer
as Shootout Henchman No. 1
Frank Blake
as Warehouse Hood 1
Jai Stefan
as Shootout Henchman No. 2
Jacki R. Chan
as Cocoon Girl
Michael J. Gonzalez
as Warehouse Hood 2
Klaudia Gajek
as Cocoon Girl
Ken Moreno
as Hood 3
Troy Robinson
as Hood 4
Rick Shuster
as Helicopter Pilot
Ted Garcia
as TV Reporter
India King
as Nurse
Justin Riemer
as Hood 6
Eve Loseth
as Restaurant Waitress
Jay Xcala
as Alex
Jaclyn Chan
as Cocoon Girl
Troy Robinson
as Hood 4
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Critic Reviews for Crank

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (19)

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Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Boston Globe
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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 22, 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 22, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

September 8, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
ReelViews
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Crank

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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
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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