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Andy’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Sometimes as a reviewer on here a movie comes along which is entertaining as hell but leaves me scratching my head thinking what am I supposed to write about this?
That description would describe Crank in a nutshell, it plays like an absolute drug trip and the viewer is put through torment with blurry visuals,Jason Statham’s crazy high acting which leads into some bizarro world comedy and underneath it a standard crime plot which has been absolutely flipped on it’s head and made just ludicrous. But boy is it entertaining.
The plot centres on a British hitman based in Los Angeles named Chev Chelios who is poisoned and must keep his adrenaline flowing constantly in order to keep himself alive. He does so by various methods including taking drugs and getting into fights, while he tries to track down the man who poisoned him.
Jason Statham as Chev is absolutely crazy here, from his drugged out bulging eyes and his angry storming around looking for his next fix, he thankfully doesn’t delve into parody too often and instead is almost like a Terminator as he kills loads of people and has a couple of cool interactions with the villain Ricky Verona, who drugged him.
The plot honestly doesn’t concern itself with characters too much, instead allowing the nutter butter crazy nature of scenes like Chev driving through a shopping mall being chased by cops, consuming a shit ton of Red Bull and Rockstar energy drinks and his girlfriend keeping him alive via a blowjob as he’s in a car chase to keep it ticking along.
It’s interesting then that Verona is actually one of my favourite things about the film. He is a bad guy but in reality he’s just an over sensitive guy who gets really, really angry really quickly and it’s just so entertaining watching him throw hissyfits at Statham’s verbal spars. There’s a couple of hard F bombs thrown in those scenes, so here’s your warning for that, however the way in which Statham conveys menace in those conversations is just amazing.
If I have any complaints it’s that the absolutely rapid pacing does mean that characters like the girlfriend Eve, played adequately by Amy Smart, is relegated to dumb blonde stereotype, and Chev’s ex-boss turned villain Carlito is a bit of a throwaway character.
The ending is very weird as well, Statham falls out of a plane and crashes into a car yet survives. I take it that whatever he was drugged with the second time just before the climactic fight on said plane must’ve turned him into an atomic Superman or something.
Overall I really liked this, it’s a strange and very crazy one but fun.