Crank movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This movie without a doubt is as mindless and fun as action movies can get, although it’s not the most memorable and intelligent one. Crank is very fast-paced, over-the-top, ridiculously hilarious and violent, set to really pump your adrenaline.


An assassin must keep his adrenaline high when he awakens to learn his enemy has injected him with a poison where if his heart rate is low, he will die.

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Movie details

Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Carlos Sanz, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Reno Wilson
Writer: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Release Date (Australia): 19 October 2006
Runtime: 88 minutes/1h 28m
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish, Korean

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Thematic content in the film includes the character being injected with a poison that will cause him to die if his heart rate is low.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains scenes of strong violence that feature shootings, fist-fights, dismemberment and a man’s hand being injured in a sewing machine, frequently accompanied by blood sprays, blood detail and brief flesh and injury detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The word “c**t” is used infrequently, the word “f**k” is used frequently and the words “s**t”, “ass” and “bitch” are used throughout the film.

Drug Use (MA15+)

The film contains verbal references to drugs and a strong depiction of drug use, including a character snorting cocaine off the floor.

Nudity (M)

The film contains depictions of moderate nudity, including breast-nude women and a man’s buttocks.

Sex (MA15+)

The film contains a comedic scene in which a man and a woman are depicted engaging in sexual intercourse and having anal sex in a public setting. The film also features strong crude references to sex and an implied oral sex scene.

mpaa rating

R (for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Crank easily makes for definitely not one of the greatest, but one of the fastest action movies you’ll ever see in cinema. It’s very pacy mainly for the fact that Jason Statham’s character is always on his feet which makes the film very entertaining and constantly distracting to watch. Here, he plays an assassin who is injected with a poison by his enemy, leading him to die if his heart rate gets too low.

Again, this action movie is moving around from the opening shot. Neveldine and Taylorthe, the writers and directors of this movie, always use jolty/sometimes nauseating camerawork to capture each quick movement which definitely makes it even speedier and more of your typical action movie. But since it’s moving from the very start without ending until the credits begin rolling, they can also settle us into the ‘story’ in a very clever way.

Obviously, this is by teaching us what’s going on as the action plays out, beginning with Statham finding and playing a recording left by his rival. As well as being action-packed and rapid, it can also be hilarious at times, often in mindlessly over-the-top ways, including characters having sex in public and other jokes that are surprisingly good. There’s only a few sustained scenes of slow dialogue between characters that gives us a break from all the action, but honestly, Crank is a fun, yet forgettable action movie.

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