Crank (R)

Action/Adventure 83 September 1, 2006
By Luke Y. Thompson
Ludicrously named hit man Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) awakens to the news that he's been injected with a deadly poison, the effects of which can be staved off by cranking his adrenaline up to insanely high levels. Naturally, his reaction is to turn the city of Los Angeles into his own personal Grand Theft Auto game while searching for the culprit (Jose Pablo Cantillo). Property is destroyed, racial prejudices are indulged, and Chev even delivers a very public doggy-style sex scene with his doofus stoner girlfriend (Amy Smart). First-time feature directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor play with speed and sound to effectively recreate the buzz of an over-caffeinated all-nighter, delivering one of the year's best pure junk-food entertainments. They get that a stimulant high isn't just about fast-motion, but induces weird periods of slowness and distortion into the mix too. If you stop to think too hard about any aspect of the story, things might fall apart; but stopping is something the movie never lets you do.
Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Jay Xcala, Carlos Sanz, Keone Young Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Michael Davis, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi Lionsgate

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