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Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.0/10 (101,524 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Mark Neveldine

Stars: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Carlos Sanz

The hit-man Chev Chelios is poisoned by the criminal Verona and his friend and doctor Miles advises him that he must keep his adrenaline in an upper level to stay alive. Chev meets his girlfriend Eve and together he looks for Verona to kill him.

Writers: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Jason Statham - Chev Chelios
Amy Smart - Eve
Jose Pablo Cantillo - Verona
Efren Ramirez - Kaylo
Dwight Yoakam - Doc Miles
Carlos Sanz - Carlito
Reno Wilson - Orlando
Edi Gathegi - Haitian Cabbie
Glenn Howerton - Doctor
Jay Xcala - Alex
Keone Young - Don Kim
Valarie Rae Miller - Chocolate
Yousuf Azami - Arab Cabbie
Laurent Schwaar - Man in Garage (as Laurent Schwar)
David Brown - Sin City Brother

Taglines: Was uns nicht umbringt, macht uns stark. (German Translation: What does not kill us, makes us stronger.)


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 1 September 2006

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,896,635 (USA) (3 September 2006) (2515 Screens)

Gross: $27,829,874 (USA) (15 October 2006)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (director's cut)

Did You Know?

Although a non-stop action film, not a single explosion occurs throughout.

Crew or equipment visible: When Chelios is standing on the police motorcycle, in the background there are police directing traffic and a crew member on the far left.

Eve: Oh, you are so big!

User Review

"Crank" a fast paced, clever, and cool-as-Hell adrenaline rush of a film!!

Rating: 9/10

I walked into "Crank" with low expectations, as I do with many films. The previews made it look like it had a clever story, but I was worried that with Jason Statham playing lead, I might just get a re-hash of his "Transporter" films.

I got a pleasant surprise. From the very beginning, the film moves. And moves damn fast. Not in an obnoxious way either. In the first minutes of the film we are set up with a possible story of corruption between hit men, a botched job, and the set-up for the whole movie-- Statham's Chev Chelios being fatally poisoned with a Chinese-made serum that slows his heart rate, and will eventually literally make his heart stop, killing him. The only solution-- get the adrenaline pumping and keep his heart rate up! The whole movie is like one long action sequence, with pauses for story elements. This is the common thing now in films, but in other movies, it generally doesn't work so well. But, with the premise of "Crank" being the need for speed (Literally), the idea of all-action, little-plot actually works. And works well.

However, don't be mistaken, there is genuine plot in the film. Clever stories about the pasts and workings of crime-lords and their cronies, and how they all relate to Chelios. Some of it went over my head because of the constant action, but I was able to understand everything enough to enjoy the film.

The direction and editing is something I want to talk about briefly before I wrap this up. For a film like this, one would expect flashy camera work and crazy fast cutting, but I must say, the director/writer and the editor went beyond the call of duty. The film is shot as though the cameraman himself was the one who was poisoned, with the camera flashing and moving around nearly constantly, only settling during the slow scenes. Quite a genius use of camera-work to emulate the story. And the editing certainly adds a lot to the already excellent camera work. We get cutting when necessary and when not necessary, to further illustrate the needs of the main character.

Overall, I would say "Crank" was the coolest movie I've seen in the last several years, leaps and bounds beyond the standard Hollywood action flick. I would recommend to any action-fan or adrenaline junkie, because take it from me, this film is the ultimate rush!

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