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Crank February 21, 2007

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.

They might as well have called it Crap. Alright, it might not have been that bad because the makers intended to make a mindless action flick for the masses and that is what they deliver.

The premise of this film is reminiscent of Speed, except no bus and no passengers. A hitman is given some kind of Chinese poison that lowers his heart rate slowly and would eventually kill him unless he keeps his adrenaline levels high. Now, he wants to exact revenge and also meet his girlfriend one last time.

The problem for me was that this felt like a B-movie for most part with a lot of humor generated from intentionally stupid sequences and mindless action. First-timers, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (who wrote and directed the film), try to be stylish but it didn’t work for me at all. I hated the background score (Paul Haslinger). Seemed like they randomly lifted tracks from video games and used them here. I don’t know if it was intended because the film did have that video game feel with all the running and shooting.

On the flip side though, the movie doesn’t follow a set formula and that might be the best thing for it. Also, the film makes you laugh no matter how stupid the sequences.

Jason Statham (The Italian Job, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) suits the role and the movie revolves around his character. He has a good screen presence and can carry off a film on his shoulders alone. None of the others have a role that is worth mentioning.

This film is aimed at those who can enjoy action films. Watch this only if you are in the mood for an action flick that expects you to turn off your brain first.



1. Shujath - February 22, 2007

Haven’t seen this yet but I did find the promo quite interesting. Actually, this was intentionally made as a B-movie and was quite positively reviewed. Lot of critics cited this flick along with Slither and Snakes on a Plane and labelled 2006 as “Year of the B Movie”

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