The hit-man Chev Chelios is poisoned by the criminal Verona and his friend and doctor Miles advises him that he must keep his adrenaline in an upper level to stay alive. Chev meets his girlfriend Eve and together he looks for Verona to kill him.
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Don't waste time with explanations but jump into the action and only use the essence of a normal action movie! This is like a fast roller coaster without safety harness - a weird movie, but aesthetically consequent (and reminding of an oversized video clip) in its use of montage, cuts, split screen, tempo, movement, sound, color and music.
a psycho, homophobic, racist white guy survives against all odds, exploiting and utilizing every resource, regardless of morality to succeed in invoking his wrath. this is real life. neveldine + taylor openly criticize the type of heroes that are reveled in in action cinema, and beneath all the surreality lies something even more intense and striking. the death of the macho man.
Crank is low-level, dirty, raunchy, basic, racist, mysoginistic, lowbrow, something that won't affect or elevate me, & basically the exact opposite of "artistic". It is also an experimental high-concept genre masterclass and structurally perfect at what it sets out to do, deconstructing & reconstructing the action film based on videogame sensibilities. [ explanation in the comments- careful, it's 1000 words]
I can't say "Crank" is especially good, but I can't say it's ever boring either. It's unashamedly designed to be a relentless frenzy, and there's a certain amount of pleasure to be found in that. But, apart from it's premise, it's a pretty run-of-the-mill action film, with little particularly memorable about the characters or action sequences.
The evil cousin of "Run Lola Run" and "D.O.A." as Jason Statham is perfectly cast as a man who's heart will give up if he doesn't keep his pulse at a fast rate in this ridiculous role. A fast-paced action that never lets go of it's grip and dare to offend. It is also strange that for all its violent imagery and craziness it is a public sex scene with Amy Smart that stands out and is the most memorable moment.