Review Date: January 31, 2008
Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Writer: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Producers: Michael Davis, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg
Jason Statham as Chev
Amy Smart as Eve
Efren Ramirez as Kaylo
Granted, the man is still pretty much an asshole, but he’s funny, he’s got heart and he loves his doofus babe of a girlfriend, and in a film like this, that’s enough! Speaking of his girlfriend, Amy Smart also does a fine job as his bootie-call, particularly when he rails into her bootie in front of a gaggle of spectators in the middle of Chinatown. Good times. I’ve only gotten head in front of a crowd in Chinatown, so Statham’s one-up on me there. The rest of the secondary characters were also a ton of fun, including both of the baddies, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Carlos Sanz, both of whom dug into the characters with plenty of ham and cheese for everyone. But at the end of the day, along with Statham, it really is the film’s non-stop energy and imaginative direction that makes this movie stand out from the others, and you gotta tip your hat to the writing/directing team of Neveldine/Taylor for all that, with a booming soundtrack, plenty of camera tricks, a blazing sense of pace, along with a handful of fun and disposable dialogue (“You haven't been tight since your brother fucked you in third grade” – said to a guy) that truly make this film what it is and that is entertainment for action fans from start to finish.
I’d always been a big proponent of Statham as this generation’s action hero and I believe this film confirms that theory once and for all! Rumors abound about a possible CRANK 2, and even though the conclusion of this film makes that rather difficult to envision (great ending, by the way…love that soft song in the background), I will be one of the first people in line when that film does hit the big screen, with a stack o’ nachos, cheese and salsa on my lap, a jug of root beer by my side and an action movie erection looking to be stroked once again. Thanks to everyone involved with this film for putting some creativity back into the action genre! Now do I look like I have “cunt” written on my forehead? Didn’t think so.