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Crank (2006)

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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.

Directors:

Mark Neveldine (as Neveldine), Brian Taylor (as Taylor)

Writers:

Mark Neveldine (as Neveldine), Brian Taylor (as Taylor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Chev Chelios
Amy Smart ... Eve
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Verona
Efren Ramirez ... Kaylo
Dwight Yoakam ... Doc Miles
Carlos Sanz ... Carlito
Reno Wilson ... Orlando
Edi Gathegi ... Haitian Cabbie
Glenn Howerton ... Doctor
Jay Xcala Jay Xcala ... Alex
Keone Young ... Don Kim
Valarie Rae Miller ... Chocolate
Yousuf Azami ... Arab Cabbie
Laurent Schwaar ... Man in Garage (as Laurent Schwar)
David Brown ... Sin City Brother
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The hooded terrorist in the "Fear, Excitement, Danger" segment is Guillaume DeLouche, the weapons master on the film. See more »

Goofs

In the car chase at the end, the passenger window of the yellow car is shot out. In a shot later from a different angle, the window is intact. See more »

Quotes

Chev Chelios: What is this stuff?
Doc Miles: Synthetic ephedrine diluted with some saline.
Chev Chelios: Feels sort of good.
Doc Miles: Yeah well. I got a little Meth in there too, so that's the endorphins you feel running to your brain.
Chev Chelios: Wait a minute so I'm not better?
Doc Miles: Fuck no you're not better. You're in such shit shape it's stunning. I can't belive your hearts still beating. Shit should be in a fucking medical journal.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The Indian version is rated A (adults only) with the public sex scene deleted from the film. The DVD also features the TV dub that omits all the profanity. See more »

Connections

References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Meva Juan
Written and Performed by Robb Williamson
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They probably should have given him more of that Chinese s**t!
31 August 2006 | by ps42See all my reviews

If ever a movie was made to get one's heart pumping, Crank is it. It takes a marginally believable and undeniably awesome premise, adds one of the brightest up-and-coming action stars around, stirs in some new ingredients that the genre hasn't really seen before, and bakes until the final product rises beyond all expectations. The catch phrase "a thrill a minute" doesn't really go the distance to describe how ridiculously action packed this film is. A thrill every ten to fifteen seconds is more like it. First time directors Mark Nedveldine and Brian Taylor relentlessly bash you over the head with the action hammer. Their cinematography is manic and the style is reminiscent of that used by Tony Scott in Domino. It fits the pace of the film quite well.

Jason Statham delivers to audiences the only thing he knows how to deliver, and that is pure, distilled ass kicking. That is his job, and he is very, very good at it. Make no mistake, the film is very strongly 'R' rated. There is a bounty of flesh, and a strong smattering of violence, and drug use. Don't be thrown off by Amy Smart's name on the poster. Even though she does a fine job as Statham's on screen girlfriend Eve, hers (and every other) part takes a deliberate and distant backseat to Statham's charismatic portrayal of hit-man Chev Chelios. He also manages to wind more than a few threads of pretty solid humor into the performance. All in all, its Statham's most impressive job in a leading role yet.

In a nutshell the plot revolves around Chev Chelios, poisoned by his employer after a hit went sour with a synthetic Chinese compound that blocks his adrenaline receptors. The only way for him to stay alive is to get pumped up and stay pumped up. Anything he can get his hands on to raise his adrenaline is fair game, from drugs to energy drinks to raunchy public sex and more as he tears a path of carnage and mayhem through the streets of L.A. in search of the man who tried to kill him.

Crank is everything you could feasibly ask it to be and more. The filmmakers take an iffy premise, work their magic (read 'good casting and direction') on it, and produce reel after reel of pure adrenaline on film. It packs over the top action in with incredible stunts, clever and biting humor, a decent story and some above average acting. It's one of the most entertaining films of the year and may well be a career highlight for Statham. It's one of those films that you'll definitely want to go see with a bunch of the guys. What it lacks in depth, it makes up for in pure fun and distilled manliness. A high 8 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Korean

Release Date:

1 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Reno, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,457,367, 3 September 2006

Gross USA:

$27,838,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,931,041
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Runtime:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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