Bob and Justin's Mad Movie Blog

My name is Bob. My friend Justin and I are aspiring filmmakers and we have pretty similar tastes in movies. This will include our take on what's going on in film and television today as well as updating you on the status of our own work.

Friday, September 01, 2006

The Greatest Motion Picture Event of All-Time

YES! "Crank" is that incredible. It's like "Casablanca," "Lawrence of Arabia," "Gone with the Wind," and "Pootie Tang" all rolled into one.

Okay, so maybe that's not the literal truth, but this movie's pretty awesome.

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) has just been injected with a Chinese formula which slows down his adrenaline. He has about one hour to live, unless he can keep moving at a break neck pace. This is all the plot that co-writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor give us, and ya know somethin', that's all we need. What follows is a fast-moving (for obvious reasons) film full of insane action and a lot of humor. Yes, it's over the top and ridiculous, and I loved every minute of it! From the very first frame I couldn't stop grinning. The really great thing about "Crank" is that the action sequences are genuinely exciting and imaginative and the humor is genuinely funny. You never feel like you've seen this before. And I may just have to reconsider my stance on Clint Eastwood being the Baddest Man Alive. Jason Statham is serious competition. Forget The Rock, forget Jet Li, Statham is the First Name In Action For the Oughts. He's able to sell this thing like nobody's business.
I don't really want to give anything away 'cause hey, I want you to be surprised, and yes, you will actually be surprised by some things in this movie. Also, TV fans keep an eye out for Glenn Howerton ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and Francis Capra ("Veronica Mars"). Their appearances are brief but like everything else in this movie they made me a good way.
"Crank" is everything that "Snakes on a Plane" wasn't. If you want to have some fun on your Labor Day weekend, forget football, leave the barbecue in the shed, and go see "Crank." 8/10


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