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There are a thousand ways to raise your adrenaline, and today hit many Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) will need every one! He has one hour to settle the score and say good-bye to his girl and go out with a little style! The only question is, will he stay alive long enough to see it happen?
Action anti-hero Jason Statham is competing with himself to make the most relentless, non-stop action flick imaginable. In Crank, Statham stars as a hit man named Chev Chelios who's been poisoned by some Chinese toxin; the only way to stave it off is to keep his adrenalin flowing, which requires him to drive at top speeds through crowded traffic, start fights in bars, and run pell-mell down hospital corridors while wearing one of those humiliating smocks that tie in the back. In other words, Crank is high-end pop-trash, filled with many preposterous/ingenious stunts and over-the-top performances (Dwight Yoakam, Sling Blade, is downright droll as a doctor offering Chev assistance), marred by an unpleasant attitude towards women (Amy Smart, Outside Providence, will not look back on this as one of her signature roles). This is a movie for the audience who enjoyed Transporter and Transporter 2 but wanted Statham's perpetual scowl to become a kind of theatrical mask, a perpetual signifier of intensity that begs--nay, demands--that everything around it rise to a mutual level of absurdity. Fans of Luc Besson (Leon/The Professional, District 13) will find Crank to be simpatico. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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I can't understand how so many people hated this film. Yeah, it's daft, but come on, how many action films don't have a credibility stretching premise? (Face Off, The Rock, Gone in 60 Seconds, all of the Mission Impossible films etc).
I sat and watched this with my partner last night and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It pretty much runs in real time, and doesn't let up from start to finish. Jason Statham does exactly what you want (and expect) of him, with his perpetual scowl and well delivered one liners. There was a nice thread of humour throughout, and some fun characters (the dead-pan doctor was a nice touch).
Lighten up people, and get a sense of humour.
This review is for the German Extended Uncut Blu-ray release with the red sleeve cover.
Great picture quality in HD, all in full English language.
This Blu-ray is extended by around 10 more minutes than the UK DVD.
Region FREE disc.
Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is a hit man who one day wakes up and realises that he was injected with "Beijing Coctail", a deadly poison which is very quickly killing him - in fact he has only minutes left to live! There remains however one chance for him to survive - as long as he manages to keep his adrenaline level very high, the poisoning doesn't progress and therefore he may have a chance to find an antidote. But if he lets his adrenaline level drop to a regular level, he is dead meat...
What follows is 90 minutes of a tough guy running through the city, frequently half naked, with a raging erection poorly hidden from the public view. During this time he will get into an incredible number of fights and incidents, kill numerous bad guys, frighten countless women, snort coke, pilfer hospital supplies, cause vehicle accidents, commit robberies, start fires, abuse a defibrilator, horribly insult ethnic and sexual minorities, have VERY public sex with Amy Smart, hold surrealistic phone conversations with his doctor, confront Triads, LAPD, nuns, street gangs, Japanese tourists, etc., all to the appropriately fast paced rhytm of an AMAZING soundtrack!
WARNING: the kind of humour displayed in this film will probably mostly appeal to men... Also, the amount of verbal obscenities is such that some DVD players may not support it...)))
I am the first to admit that this whole film is just a surrealistic exercise in accelerated nonsense - but GOSH, DID I HAVE GOOD TIME WATCHING IT! If you feel a little bit down, get some beer and this film and just start watching - no matter how bad you feel before, this film WILL cheer you up! Enjoy!
At the end of this film we were sweating, panting, laughing, screaming and exhausted.
A great work out. A FANTASTIC FILM.
If you're expecting more than that or looking for a serious or believable film then don't waste your time or money - you'll hate it!
Please get this movie..you'll have a great time!!
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Brilliantly fast and funny film, I could not stop laughing! Jason S's 'Cockney' in California actually works very well!! Magic. LWPublished 1 month ago by Mr.Laurence Williams
Fantastic I love this film one of the best Jason Statham films ever!!!!! Great story, funny and smartPublished 5 months ago by Mr. Matthew Brown