Crank is an utterly absurd--but really entertaining--action movie starring Jason Statham. Statham, who you might remember as "Handsome Rob" in The Italian Job, here plays an amoral, antisocial hitman driven by revenge. You see, in the film's opening moments he's poisoned by one of his enemies, and the "synthetic Chinese shit" he's been dosed with will kill him if he doesn't keep his adrenaline level up. Sound stupid? It is stupid, but it's fun stupid. Crank is like Speed, but instead of that lady on a bus, you have Statham's dimwitted thug leaving a trail of destruction across Los Angeles as he tries to catch the guy who he thinks has already killed him. Along the way there is plenty of gore and coarse language, of course.
The action is competently done, though not as clever as, say, The Transporter. But what makes Crank really memorable are the weird effects and tongue-in-cheek style that permeate the picture. For example, you may see a hard word subtitled. When there's a brawl in a building, we see the sides briefly bulging in an exterior shot, like a cartoon. Stray bullet? It ends up popping an old lady's parakeet into a puff of green feathers. There's even a fall that makes the plunging Illinois Nazi car in The Blues Brothers look reasonable by comparison.
If you find stray bullets potentially hilarious, or you just like a good action movie, Crank is what the doctor ordered.