Combustible Celluloid
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With: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Carlos Sanz, Reno Wilson, Edi Gathegi, Glenn Howerton, Jay Xcala, Keone Young, Valarie Rae Miller, Yousuf Azami, Laurent Schwaar, David Brown
Written by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use
Running Time: 87
Date: 08/31/2006

Crank (2006)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Racing in the Heart

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

It seems like more of a movie pitch (D.O.A. meets Speed) than a movie, but Crank gets by on a unique kind of absurd, deadpan humor in which the most implausible stuff cheerfully happens anyway. A professional killer with a great name, Chev Chelios (Jason Statham), wakes up with his body full of a weird Chinese drug; he must keep his adrenaline pumping to survive. To accomplish this, he steals drugs from a hospital, rides a motorcycle at top speeds, has sex with his girlfriend (Amy Smart) in public, and sticks his hand in a waffle iron. Writers and directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor keep everything moving at top speed, with playful little visual tricks and all kinds of colorful characters, but the twitchy camerawork and very fast editing can wear down casual viewers.

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