It is an over the top action film starring Jason Statham. Now, if I new that at the start, I would have been on-board much earlier. I really like Statham as an action star. First off, the guy actually can act, plus he has a great tough guy screen presence, and thirdly, he exudes cool. Both of the Transporter films are a lot of fun, keeping the action high, and the tongue firmly planted in the cheek. Crank looks like a Transporter film pushed into the realm of the R-rated movie. That can only mean good things are ahead.
The plot plays out like a biological version of Speed. Statham plays Chev Chelios, a man injected with some sort of drug, which acts as an adrenaline inhibitor, and if his adrenaline drops below a certain point, he will die. So, Chev needs to keep going at a breakneck pace, deadset on getting revenge on those behind his current condition. Why he is injected in with this drug, I don't know, but I am sure the ride is going to be great.
Co-starring with Statham is Amy Smart, who last appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds in Just Friends. I don't really see her as an action actress, but I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Of course, I am not seeing it for her. Also appearing is country music star Dwight Yoakam.
The film was written and directed by first timers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. It will be interesting to see how their debut works out. To be honest, I was surprised not to see Luc Besson's name attached to this, as the film reminds me of other films that he has been involved in, but no mind.
Crank opens September 1, 2006, and is being released by Lionsgate Films. It is rated R for language and violence. The trailer is online for your viewing pleasure, so be sure to take a look.
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