7.17.2007

Crank

So I went into this movie expecting something slightly cheesy, something that wouldn't live up to my expectations. What I got out of it was pure, unadulterated fun. Adrenaline, unabashed, mind-numbing action, and some really cool stunt-work. And severed limbs, can't forget the severed limbs. I'm not going to talk about the acting, because it's an action movie, with comedy thrown in. Very much aimed at guys, for guys, and by guys (though I can appreciate that). There's a ton of extremely unlikely situations, but in this frame of reference, it's completely plausible (driving through a mall for instance). The basic storyline is that Chev wakes up having been give some kind of Chinese cocktail of drugs, and the only way he can stay alive is to keep his adrenaline pumping (something about the drug blocking receptors or something). So, to that end, he gets into car chases, has sex, beats people up, gets into gunfights, all with the aim of killing the guy who has injected him (who of course conveniently left a DVD telling him exactly what he did). The movie relies on some really cool camera-work, and some split-screen, which surprisingly works to its advantage. It gives the whole film a frenetic pace. The camera is jumping around, you have two different angles of the same thing to look at at the same time. At one point, two cameras are on two different characters, until one comes up behind the other and the cameras merge. Overall, I'm surprised to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

It keeps the adrenaline pumping.

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