When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.
The hit-man Chev Chelios is poisoned by the criminal Verona and his friend and doctor Miles advises him that he must keep his adrenaline in an upper level to stay alive. Chev meets his girlfriend Eve and together he looks for Verona to kill him. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The film has a number of references to video games, especially the early "Grand Theft Auto" series. See more »
When Doc Miles is consulting Chev on epinephrine while Chev is driving a taxi, he says that epinephrine comes in 10mg syringes. The syringe that is shown later and that is actually used to store epinephrine in places like ER contains 1ml of epinephrine. 1mg/10ml epinephrine solution is usually used, so Doc is clearly wrong. See more »
[after chopping off the arm of a bad guy and telling him]
How'd you like that one, tough guy? How fricking awesome was that, huh?
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At the very end of the credits, we see "Crank" as if it was a retro video game. Chev shoots two henchmen, then he takes a needle containing drugs and goes into RAMPAGE mode and runs fast. He runs into another henchman who injects him with "The Bejing Cocktail", the camera zooms in on Chev's heart which explodes and blood splatters on the screen. And the words "Game Over" appears on the screen. See more »
This is my first review and I've been reluctant to write one because I don't really think anyone will read it... but here it goes.
Crank is fun, really fun. In the way of Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (kind of) it's got its violence and action tossed into a mountain of humor. The writers (and directors) took these three things, tossed them into a movie blender, put the blender on puree, and came out with this movie.
The directors (and writers) did some visually awesome things with this film. People on the other side of phone calls appear on walls, rear-view mirrors, and other things. Random words from a person's dialogue appear on screen along with their part of speech in parenthesis afterwards (ep-i-neph-rine (n), man). This visual style I have declared... accidytrip-o-vision.
Other movies with accidytrip-o-vision: Easy Rider and A Scanner Darkly.
In conclusion, Crank is an action-filled, blood encrusted, comedy haywire, accidytrip-o-vision, adrenaline-pumping achievement.
Kudos to Statham and the rest of the team for the new bible of popcorn flicks.
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