Crank (2006)
By: J.R. McNamara on April 8, 2010  | 
DVD
Sony | Region B | 1.85:1 | English DD 5.1 | 87 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Credits
Directors: Neveldine/Taylor
Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Jose Pablo Cantillo
Screenplay: Neveldine/Taylor
Country: USA
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Crank is the tale of hitman Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) who, after a hit on a Chinese crimelord, is injected with a drug by competitor Verona (Jose Pablo Cantillo) that will kill him if he doesn't find ways of keeping his adrenaline level up. To save himself, or at the very least get revenge, he employs the help of friend Kaylo (Efren Ramirez) and doctor Miles (Dwight Yoakam), all the while trying to keep his clueless girlfriend Eve (Amy Smart) safe. All is, of course, not what it seems and double-crossing and backstabbing run riot. 

Basically, as you can see, this film is Speed… but on speed. Well, crank anyways.

The directors of this film, Marc Neveldine and Brian Taylor have excellent eyes for action filmmaking. Action films are about action, and these guys are action heroes themselves. They filmed a lot of the steamicam stuff on rollerblades, which really gives the film a frenetic feel. The editing also adds to this with some exiting scene changes, and intercut scenes that come out of nowhere.

Detractors of the so-called MTV styled editing will hate this film. To maintain the feeling of frantic insanity it is essential in this case, and so over the top the editor must have been a short attention span, ADD sufferer on Redbull and speed who just spent two days watching nothing but Ang Lee's Hulk film and film clips by The White Stripes.

Being an action movie star isn't just about having a great physique: charisma is so important as well, and has been the difference between superstar action heroes, and guys who do action movies. There is no doubt to me that Jason Statham is the modern day Bruce Willis: sure he is not quite ready for a Shakespearean sonnet, but he has a great action look, impressive comic timing, and in the extras seems to be a funny and amiable type of a guy.

Now if I compliment Statham, I must also give props to his lovely co-star Amy Smart. I can honestly say I have adored her in everything she has been in, and she is sexy without being one of these pneumatic, surgically altered gynos that we see in films. Again, when it comes to acting she is no Meryl Streep, but nor is she attempting to be. She is easy on the eye, plays this role to a T and is always willing to go that little bit further for the boys: I love her work.

All in all I really liked this film: the pace was non-stop, the comedy wry and the violence constant. What more could an action fan want?
Video
Absolutely magnificent. This is a real great example of just how amazing Blu-ray quality can be. Crank is presented is an amazing 1.85:1 widescreen transfer that will pop your top.
Audio
Top notch sound presented in 5.1 or if your system can do it: 6.1. When done right, action films are made for great sound systems, and this is no exception.
Extra Features
Nice bunch of extras on this disc.

Pushing Crank is all about how you, the internet user, have been used as the marketing tool to promote this film. This is a great look at how viral marketing can be used to promote a film.

The Stunts of Crank takes us through all the stunt work done on the film, and all the tales that go along with it. I can honestly say I was surprised how much of this film was done with live stunts and not CGI. Well not all of it anyway.

Shooting Crank looks at how the filmmakers utilized Hi-def to get the look of the film and the advantages of shooting this way.

Crank @ Comicon shows a section of a forum that presented Crank at Comicon in 2006. It's only fairly short, but has an interesting Q and A bit at the end of it.

More Stories from Crank is more interview footage with filmmakers Neveldin, Taylor and Biddle, and actors Statham, Cantillo and Ramirez. Some funny anecdotes and interesting extended answers from other extras.

Crank: Family Friendly Movie Mode is the film re-dialogued for more family viewing. If you have ever seen the TV cut of Scarface, you will know what I mean, though all the sex and violence is still present!

Cranked Out Movie Mode is a director's commentary on drugs. It is a great commentary for the film with a window that pops open now and again featuring interviews and behind the scenes footage while the film runs.
The Verdict
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Disc Score
Overall Score
Fast paced film that is so bonkers it actually works!! This is pure action for those with a short attention span who don't look for hidden and existential meaning of a film. Fuck that shit, sometimes I just want to be rocked! The BD presentation is excellent as well.

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