Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
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|Featuring||Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Jay Xcala, Carlos Sanz, Keone Young|
|Director||Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor|
|Producer||Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard S. Wright|
“There are a thousand ways to raise your adrenaline. Today, Chev Chelios will need every single one.”
Sequel: “Crank: High Voltage” (2009)
The main character of this foul-fest is Chev—a hit man who gets what he gives. One morning he wakes up to discover he has been drugged and has only a short time to live. He learns that adrenaline will keep him going for awhile. What follows is a frenetic quest for epinephrine, and anything else that will stimulate him, for as his doctor tells him “if you stop, you die.”
The pace of this movie is dizzying, the music loud and thumping, and the film is so vulgar I cannot imagine anyone being entertained by this raw sewage. Just about every sentence uttered contains foul language—at least 100 f-words, and the Lord’s name profaned many times.
As Chev continues on his quest to wreak revenge on his killer, he uses a meat cleaver to cut off an attacker’s hand, then picks up the severed hand-still-clutching-the-gun and uses the gun to kill the handless man. Another man is suffocated by a plastic bag being tied around his head as he is suspended from the ceiling. There are many grisly murders in this movie, and the audience gets to witness every one of them.
The audience also gets to witness Chev and his girlfriend having graphic sex in front of hundreds of cheering witnesses in a market. There is also other nudity in the film.
This movie is really about “how far can we go in a movie… how much sewage will people be willing to pay to have dumped on them?” There is not one likeable character, no one “to pull for.” This film is not about art, creativity or entertainment. It’s filthy and foul, vulgar and void of redeeming qualities, low and lewd—opposite of clean, pure, wholesome, good, and uplifting.
For me, the very best thing about this movie was getting to walk out of the theatre when it was over.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Moderate