CRANK

Immoral Adrenaline Rush

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Release Date: September 01, 2006

Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart,
Dwight Yoakam, Jose Pablo
Cantillo, Carlos Sanz, and
Efren Ramirez

Genre: Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 83 minutes

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Director: Mark Neveldine and Brian
Taylor

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi
and Richard Wright

Writer: Mark Neveldine and Brian
Taylor

Address Comments To:

Peter E. Strauss, Chairman
Lionsgate Entertainment
Tom Ortenberg, President
Lionsgate Releasing
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200
Fax: (310) 255-3870
Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

Content:

(PaPaPa, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, DD, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview where a hit man tries to go straight and run off with his girlfriend but is forced to kill and kill again before he dies after being poisoned by a mob rival; at least 161 mostly strong obscenities, 13 strong profanities, four light profanities, and one obscene gesture; very strong, graphic violence with blood including hand chopped off, point blank shootings with blood splattering, man uses gun in chopped-off hand to shoot man in head, man suffocated to death, man uses dead body in chair as a shield, one man's fingers are shot off, chase scenes with spectacular crashes, body bounces on roof of car and lands on pavement, man shocked by defibrillator, etc.; depicted fornication, implied oral sex and gangsters often have semi-nude and skimpily dressed females hanging around them; shots of upper female nudity and shots of rear nudity, plus natural upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking and man snorts cocaine, uses caffeine and other medical drugs to keep poison from stopping his heart; and, gangsters battle one another, man steals drugs, man steals taxi and motorcycle, betrayal, and a general lack of morality.

Summary:

In CRANK, a hit man in Los Angeles tries to quit the mob but must rush around the city to keep alive and find the rival gang leader who poisoned him with a new drug combination that can only be counter-acted by adrenaline. CRANK is non-stop action with some interesting twists, but it contains graphic, hardcore violence, explicit sex and nudity, abundant foul language, and a protagonist who is not very admirable or sympathetic.

Review:

CRANK uses the old plot device about a man being poisoned who must find his killer before he dies. Jason Statham of THE TRANSPORTER movies plays Chev Chelios, a hit man in Los Angeles who decides to leave the mob and run away with his girlfriend. Before he does, a rival gang leader, Ricky Verona, poisons him. The only way Chev can get revenge on Ricky and perhaps find an antidote before he dies is to pump his system constantly with adrenaline.

CRANK is non-stop action. It's practically one-long chase scene where the protagonist not only must quickly find out where his would-be killer is hiding but also look for the drugs and stimulation that will keep him alive. A major problem is that the movie's protagonist is not an admirable character. Neither is his slutty, vacant girlfriend. It would have been much better if the hero were a good guy who's been poisoned by the bad guys. Then, the audience could gather some appropriate sympathy as he rampages about the city looking for his would-be killer and the antidote. The movie also contains graphic, hardcore violence, explicit sex and nudity, and abundant foul language.

In Brief:

CRANK uses the old plot device about a man being poisoned, who must find his killer before he dies. Jason Statham of THE TRANSPORTER movies plays Chev, a hit man in Los Angeles who decides to leave the mob and run away with his girlfriend. Before he does, a rival gang leader, Ricky Verona, poisons him. The only way Chev can get revenge on Ricky and find an antidote before he dies is to pump his system constantly with adrenaline.

CRANK is non-stop action. It's practically one-long chase scene where the protagonist not only must quickly find out where his would-be killer is hiding but also look for the drugs and stimulation that will keep him alive. A major problem is that the movie's protagonist is not an admirable character. Neither is his slutty, vacant girlfriend. It would have been better if the hero were a good guy who's been poisoned by the bad guys. Then, the audience could gather some appropriate sympathy as he rampages about the city looking for his would-be killer and the antidote. The movie also contains graphic, hardcore violence, explicit sex and nudity, and abundant foul language.