To quote Cracked: Jason Statham has to keep doing awesome things or it's all over, making this Jason Statham's Career: The Movie.
As usual he's brilliant as the action man,fast past, wise cracking, sex driven man.
Its funny, exciting and adrenelin pumping fun movie thats very enjoyable.
However i would advise to only watch this one and not the second crank as it just gets rubbish and ruins the movie.
It is so much a video game on steroids, but what's wrong with that?
The plot is simplistic, stay pumped to stay alive; so the action is pretty much non-stop, but it isn't just all mindless shoot em up - there are enough inventive scenes, nice camera work, and some truly hilarious moments (boffing in chinatown is priceless).
All the stop action photography and split screen stuff makes the film come off very slick and now, however it's not something you'd want to do with Shakespeare; but since this isn't even a distant cousin to the bard, no worries!
Jason Stratham delivers a very solid performance, and since he's in every single frame of the film, it's his performance that carries it. Amy Smart is also spot on as the vapid valley girl girlfriend who the film uses for comic relief.
There are too many implausabilities, but if you just ignore them and go with the flow, you'll be entertained (all of Stratham's change of clothes, and how he keeps getting cash to pay for all the cab rides, and this after escaping from the hospital with only a gown and his cell phone).
No happy ending here, which makes a statement about mob life and goes counter to the glorification of violence that films of this ilk seem to revel in- a nice touch.
I also am in love with the 69 Buick Riviera - what a beautiful car - I hated to see it abandoned so soon.
Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.
It's the plot of the century, and rookie directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor pull it off all the way. Retired hit-man Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) has been injected with a vicious drug, The Beijing Cocktail. It will kill him if he slows down, so he has to do all he can to stay excited. Shouldn't be so hard when you're an ex-assassin with half the LA underworld at your heels, but Chelios makes a real mission of it. The excitement sure rubs off on the audience: "Crank" is visually intense, an all-around big dipper at supersonic pace. Chev's initially clueless girlfriend Eve (Amy Smart) is the saucy icing on this racy cake of an action flick. I have loved Amy Smart ever since she took it out on Charlene in "Rat Race", possibly the most gripping portrayal of a jealous girlfriend in motion picture history. But the public coitus interruptus, interrupted by, of all things, a wayward cell phone call, is out of this world. Go see "Crank" for the Chinatown sex scene alone. Quote Amy Smart: "It's the kind of scene where you just have to go for it. You can't hold back or it's just not going to work."