Unleashing the Fury: A Critique of Jason Statham’s Netflix Adventure Film

Jason Statham made his debut in the movie Crank, which is now available for streaming on Netflix. The Expendables franchise star was the perfect choice for the role of Lee Christmas, even though Jackass’s Johnny Knoxville was also considered. Crank follows a unique “race against time” storyline, where Statham’s character, Chev Chelios, becomes the ticking time bomb that needs to be neutralized. Chelios, a hitman working for an organized crime syndicate, is tasked with assassinating mafia boss Don Kim, but things take a turn when Ricky Verona conspires with Chelios’ boss to kill him instead. The storyline of Crank bears resemblance to that of Speed, as Chelios’ heart is the bomb and Statham is the bus. After Verona and his henchmen inject Chelios with a synthetic Chinese drug, the movie intensifies with Statham frantically searching for an antidote to save his life, making it an action-packed movie that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Chelios is on a mission to cure his ailment and seek retribution against Carlito, Verona, and their gang. He doesn’t mind engaging in risky ventures such as fighting with cops, indulging in public sex, and taking huge amounts of stimulants. The film Crank bears semblance to Speed, but this time, it’s Chelios’ heart that serves as the ticking time bomb with Jason Statham playing the role of the bus. What differentiates Crank from other action movies is the infusion of comic relief, which renders it more of a dark comedy with loads of action. Despite its incredulity, the deadpan delivery alongside the extreme action scenes prompts one to both cringe and laugh aloud. One of the most impressive aspects of the movie is that Statham performed most of his fight and car stunt sequences, including the hair-raising helicopter fight scene that took place 3,000 feet above Los Angeles.

The film Crank has received mixed reviews, with a critical score of 62 percent and audience score of 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Interestingly, positive and negative reviews both agree that the movie is excessively violent, absurd, and unbelievably exaggerated. Hence, your opinion on this Jason Statham flick will largely depend on your initial expectations.
One review sums it up perfectly by describing Crank as “utterly ludicrous, implausible, tiring, and essentially silly.” However, the reviewer adds that “this is what makes it entertaining.” Despite its inherent nonsense, the film’s deadpan delivery and intense action sequences are both cringe-worthy and hilarious, which is quite an achievement.

Crank, a movie starring Jason Statham, generated a substantial revenue of almost $43 million, despite having a humble budget of just $12 million. This was way before the Marvel Cinematic Universe took over the box office, but still successful enough to have a sequel named Crank: High Voltage released in 2009. To fully appreciate the film, suspension of disbelief is required, and if you can do that, you will not be let down. Jason Statham’s performance is outstanding, and his commitment to the unconventional plot makes it one of his finest works yet.

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