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Crank (2006)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  1 September 2006 (USA)
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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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When the hit-man Chev Chelios is poisoned by the criminal Verona. His friend and doctor Miles advises him that he must keep his adrenaline levels elevated to stay alive. Chev meets his girlfriend Eve and together they look for Verona to kill him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There are a thousand ways to raise your adrenaline. Today, Chev Chelios will need every single one. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adrenalin  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£450,141 (UK) (1 September 2006)


$67,871 (New Zealand) (1 December 2006)

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Did You Know?


The word "cunt" was not originally going to be shown. The line was written in the script, but the word's presence on Jason Statham's forehead was a last minute inclusion by editor Brian Berdan. See more »


After crashing the police motorcycle, Chev throws away his cell phone. However, he has his phone again in subsequent scenes, such as the helicopter scene at the end. See more »


Chev Chelios: I'm alive! I'm alive!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


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User Reviews

Jon Monsarrat review: like Die Hard & Face-Off - a must-see
2 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love action movies, but they have to be intelligent. No "The Mummy" or "The Fast and the Furious" for me. Crank nails it in every way.

It's hard enough to pull together a film with a lot of stunts. Then top that by making it non-stop action throughout. Then top that by having an intelligent plot that keeps you thinking and characters whose motivations and decisions make sense. Then top that by adding in some humor that doesn't blow the seriousness of the movie but adds some charm and -- listen up, Jet Li -- originality to the stunts.

But then, pump it up with cinematography that (unlike The Bourne Identity, which didn't work for me) makes the whole thing even more original and adds to the drama instead of being puffery. Then add Amy Smart, yum. Despite the fast pace, there is actually real chemistry with her as the love interest.

Every action movie lover should go out and see this film immediately. It is everything that Snakes on a Plane, which is cheesy and bad, and I don't mean good-bad, is not.

Who should see this movie:

-- Action movie fans, you might not want to bring your SO, it's pretty hardcore with the gore and violence

-- Enraged assassins with 2 hours to live I'll give "Crank" a 9 out of 10, the only missing point being that there's no real depth to the drama, it's strictly "just for the action".

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