Movie: “Crank” (2006)
Producer: Tom Rosemberg, Skip Williamson, Michael Davis, Gary Lucchesi, Richard S. Wright
Written by: Neveldine/Taylor
Music: Paul Haslinger
Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Keone Young
Length: 93 min
Genre: Action Movie
Distributed: Lionsgate Lakeshore Entertainment
Released: September 1, 2006
Chev Chelios (Jason Statham), a killer engaged to murder Don Kim (Keone Young) – boss of the expanding Chinese mafia – on behalf of Carlito, leader of the Mexican-American criminal branch, woke up in a bedroom in Los Angeles.
He did not remember anything, but he found a DVD – Ricky Verona (Jose Pablo Cantillo), his long-time rival, has poisoned him with a new synthetic drug, ‘Beijing Cocktail’, which inhibited the flux of adrenaline by slowing the working of the hearth and causing the death of the person who has been injected to.
It started a long run against the time to try an antidote to stop the effects of the drug.
Among shoot-outs, chases, and paradoxical situations, the advice of Doc Miles (Dwight Yoakam), a doctor of the Mafia, and the particular support of Eve (Amy Smart), the Chelios’ girlfriend, helped the unfortunate killer to keep high the level of adrenaline and settled the situation with his rivals.
The rhythm of the movie is fast, appealing and frantic – without doubt the viewers do not fall asleep – and the story is original enough to catch the curiosity of the people.
A good soundtrack, having strong hard rock and in some part hip-hop hints, goes with the narration effectively – it is worth to quote Quiet Riot, ‘Metal health’, or Refused, ‘New noise’.
Jason Statham acts his role in a perfect way by alternating violent-killer moments with funny and embarrassing situations – no one would like, or imagine, to have sex in the middle of a crowded Chinatown to keep high the adrenaline level.
The film maintains the expectations of a good action story by giving the spectators the originality of the plot and moments in which burst in pleasant laugh – ideal to pass a nice evening in company of bullets, chases and fierce criminal.