And yet, for all the frenetic action, there’s nothing particularly new or exciting about this hollow, nihilistic film. Granted it’s sometimes hard to tell, since directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor seem so intent on reinforcing all the stereotypes about music video directors. There’s no camera angle too extreme, no cut too rapid and no filter to yellow for these two. It’s as though they watched the over-stylised trainwreck that was Tony Scott’s Domino and thought “That guy isn’t trying hard enough!”
The directors, who both suffer from A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder), describe their movie, without any apparent irony, as “the ultimate A.D.D. movie”. That would certainly account for their lack of attention to details like credible acting and plot development, but not for the callous bloodthirstiness. Everything and everyone in Crank is expendable – including the main character – so what is there to be excited about? They’re all so much cattle to the slaughter after all.
No doubt 15-year-old boys will think this is the coolest movie they have ever seen, though ironically they aren’t officially old enough to watch it. The rest of us are likely to see this nasty, puerile piece of work for what it is – a tiresome gimmick that quickly overstays its welcome.
- Alistair Fairweather
Watching this gleefully psychotic film is a bit like teasing a pit-bull - all very amusing until someone gets bitten in the face.
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