Crank (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Mark Neveldine Brian Taylor Starring: Jason Statham

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Crank

by John Rollins on 9/25/2012

Reminiscent of other DOA movies, but Statham adds his own king-of-the action-hero touch, or should I say anti-hero, to an action packed thriller. Forget about the plot? There are some imaginative twists to this genre, but the creative camera work and the relentless action make this film stand out. Statham is not afraid to stretch and experiment--note his performance in the cult classic Revolver, yet Crank is a popular romp that has spawned Crank 2, à la Transporter? Read More

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Product Overview

Professional assassin chev chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 203401341
UPC 031398206972
UPC 14 00031398206972
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/6/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Assassins
Drugs
Hit Men
Killer
Revenge
Sex
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Screenwriters and directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor make their feature-film debut in this fast-paced action film. Freelance hitman Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) wakes up with a big problem; a DVD left in his apartment by smalltime gangster Ricky Vanero (Jose Pablo Cantillo) tells him that he has only one hour to live. While Chev was asleep, Vanero injected him with a deadly synthetic drug from China--known as the Beijing Cocktail--as payback for Chev's last hit. Now, Chev's only hope to stay alive is to keep his adrenalin pumping. Dead set on revenge against Vanero, Chev also has to keep his girlfriend, Eve (Amy Smart), out of the mob's hands. To complicate matters, naïve, sweet Eve has no idea that her charming British boyfriend is a hitman. Even worse, Chev's boss, Carlito (Carlos Sanz) has no intention of helping his favorite freelancer.^Luckily, Chev's friend Doc Miles (Dwight Yoakam) can offer some temporary lifesaving advice; his drugged pal has to keep moving. Downing cans of Red Bull and popping over-the-counter energy pills, Chev is a crazed man on a mission. He has to exact revenge on Vanero, save his girlfriend, and find an antidote, all while keeping his slowing heart pumping. Fear, sex and violence are the best way to keep adrenalin flowing, and there's no shortage of any of them in this nonstop action flick. Extreme chase scenes, shootouts, and romance abound, along with plenty of clipped dialogue and just enough dark humor. Statham plays Chev with a perfect combination of steely determination and utter insanity--a guy who is finally trying to do the right thing, even if it means killing lots of people along the way. Cantillo's Vanero is a little fish playing in a very big pond, but not quite the player he thinks he is.
Reviews
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[An] exuberant actioner....CRANK wouldn't work without Jason Statham. Battered, weary, wiescracking and astoundingly, viciously lethal, he's the working class angel of death cinema..." 10/01/2006 p.44
Entertainment Weekly "[A]s showily amped and amiably amoral an extreme action pic as the exhaust-end of summer deserves." 09/15/2006 p.54
Directors
Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor
Actors
Jason Statham
Cast & Crew
Adam Biddle - Cinematographer
Amy Smart - Actor
Brian Berdan - Editor
Brian Taylor - Director
Brian Taylor - Writer
Chris Cornwell - Art Director
Dwight Yoakam - Actor
Efren Ramirez - Actor
Jason Statham - Actor
Mark Neveldine - Director
Mark Neveldine - Writer
Paul Haslinger - Original Music By
Peter Block - Executive Producer
Tom Rosenberg - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 20697
UPC 00031398206972
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 87 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review There's not much of a mystery about what Crank delivers. As promised, it's 85 minutes of action, with little in the way of encumbrances like dialogue and exposition, and only skeletal fragments of a narrative to keep things moving. For the most part, Crank rolls along with a tongue-in-cheek approach - the over-the-top action is delivered with a side order of cheese, and there's plenty of humor to accompany the testosterone and adrenaline (emphasis on "adrenaline") cocktail. In fact, since the only unique aspect of the action is the MTV-influenced manner in which the directors have chosen to frame their movie, one could argue that Crank works best as a comedy. It's occasionally funny, and some times very funny.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety
Review Videogamers who've been itching for "Grand Theft Auto: The Movie" can tide themselves over in the meantime with "Crank," a down-and-dirty actioner that follows a rugged antihero trying to outrun death by keeping his adrenaline flowing. Doing the same for viewers, however, proves a taller order, and pic's prescription of killings, car chases and indecent exposure -- held together by a chaotic editing scheme only a crackhead could love -- doesn't add up to much more than a few bloody chuckles...Statham has carried movies ("The Transporter" franchise) and played ruthless killers ("Cellular") in the past; here, as a roguishly likeable muscleman with a 10 o'clock shadow, he gets to do both.
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Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, Rated R, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Statham,Jason
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer ...a smart, sexy and funny sprint.
Nick De Semlyen, Empire A Saw for the action crowd, this is an intense, stripped-down ride that goes places you'd never expect.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...an efficient, witty, junkyard dog of an action movie...

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