Crank is one of those movies that you watch to just to switch off your mind, it is a relentlessly over the top thriller that hits the accelerator and plays out full throttle for its 83 minute runtime. Crank plays out more like a video game than a movie providing a unique spin on the action genre. Crank takes the word ‘action’ like its a challenge to be beaten in the high octane adrenaline rush (literally) of a movie.
Jason Statham stars as Chev Chelios, a gangland hitman who wakes up one day to find he’s been injected with a deadly poison by rivals. After learning he can slow the effects of the poison by keeping his heart rate and adrenaline levels up, Chev goes on one outrageous rampage of activities in his quest to live long enough to catch his bitter rival (Jose Pablo Cantillo). Throughout the film Chev’s hellish day is documented providing huge action sequences and laugh out loud moments. Chelios’ heart is like a ticking time bomb but the film never strays from this central point sticking to the overall story and keeping the pedal on the floor.
As we move throughout the movie we see Chelios taking hard drugs, racing through the streets, getting stuck into gunfights and engaging in public sex all for that important hit of adrenaline providing him with some extra time to stay alive as the poison is slowed in his system. Statham is a class act and his persona keeps Chev on a serious level rather than a full blown cartoon which would have ultimately thrown the movie into the trash.
Directors and writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have infused the movie with a wild and disjointed feel that captures the mind-set of the central character. Crank establishes itself from the get-go as a loud, proud, in-your-face, over the top and mindless popcorn flick, something which even in ‘slower’ scenes seems never too far away. Neveldine and Taylor have opted to emphasise extreme style over substance but that doesn’t matter here as its done so well the plot is really secondary to the thrill of the ride. At its heart Crank is a throwback to ultra-violent action movies and is based on its style and not its story. Crank is a see it to believe it movie that cannot be recommended enough due to its uniqueness with solid characters and an overall well made action flick. This is perfect for looking to completely switch off and enjoy a true popcorn flick.