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by Jon Ochiai on Sep 06, 2006

5/10

Jason Statham is the most exciting new action star to come along in years. Statham is rugged, charismatic, and a great martial artist. Directors and Writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's "Crank" starts with an intriguing storyline: Hit man Chev Chelios (Statham) wakes and discovers that he has been poisoned by mob boss Verona (Jose Pablo Cantillo); Chev will die if his heart rate falls below a certain level. "Crank" is a lot like the movie "Speed" without the bus. Therefore, Chev (Statham) must exact his revenge on those who poisoned him before he dies. However, all is lost in the execution. Most of "Crank" is crap. The action is stupid action. More specifically, it is not the cool choreographed action of the "Transporter" movies. "Crank" suffers from misrepresentation. The story itself devolves into ordinary lacking any clever style. Along the way we learn a lot from Chev's phone conversations with his personal physician Doc Miles (laid back Dwight Yoakam) about the human adrenal system. It's like the Discovery Channel. This literally becomes at times a PowerPoint presentation on screen. Doc informs Chev that he must keep his adrenal system engaged by chemical stimulant or sex, which leads to a funny public display with his girlfriend Eve (plucky Amy Smart). Chev must also ingest large doses of epinephrine (adrenaline). Ultimately, "Crank" wastes the talent of Statham.

Apparently, this all started when Chev was hired to kill Triad kingpin Don Kim (Keone Young). Verona (over the top and annoying Cantillo) injects Chev with some sort of "Thai cocktail" that will eventually kill him. So Chev must kill those who poisoned him, find an antidote, and protect his girlfriend Eve. There are a couple double crosses along the way. The premise runs weary and dry half way through "Crank". Jason Statham is good in spite of "Crank". However, his screen presence and physicality alone can not overcome the lameness of Neveldine and Taylor's screenplay. And for me the story resolution is so unsatisfying. Amy Smart adds a ditsy charm as Eve, who really does not have clue until it is much too late. There are some funny gags in "Crank", and some of the action sequences are exciting. Take a pass on "Crank". Wait for a better Jason Statham movie. This is just a thought.

  July 16, 2019

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