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"CRANK"
(2006) (Jason Statham, Amy Smart) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Extreme Extreme Moderate Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate Minor Mild Mild Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Minor Minor Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action: A hitman must constantly maintain high levels of adrenaline in his system in order to keep the poison his rival injected into him from killing him.
PLOT:
Chev Chelios (JASON STATHAM) is a freelance hitman for a West Coast crime syndicate who wakes up with a major problem. Not only is he trying to give up the profession so that he can be with his oblivious girlfriend, Eve (AMY SMART), but his recent work concerning an Asian crime lord, Don Kim (KEONE YOUNG), has left others unhappy. Accordingly, Chev's rival, Verona (JOSE PABLO CANTILLO), has poisoned him in his sleep with something called the Beijing Cocktail that will kill him in an hour unless he can keep adrenaline pumping through his body that will keep the poison at bay, at least temporarily.

Seeking assistance from his cross-dressing friend Kaylo (EFREN RAMIREZ), medical advice from out-of-town Doc Miles (DWIGHT YOAKAM) and trying to find answers from his boss Carlito (CARLOS SANZ), Chev does whatever he can to stay alive, all while trying to protect Eve, get his revenge on Verona, and tie up various loose ends.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into action films and/or are fans of Statham or anyone else in the cast, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
Considering the behavior on display (killing, drug use, public sex, profanity, etc.) it's doubtful many if any parents would consider any of the characters as good role models.
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OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
Here's a quick look at the content found in this R-rated action flick. Profanity consists of at least 115 "f" words, while many other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue is present, as is a scene showing an unmarried couple having rear entry intercourse in front of many people in public (movement, sounds and some nudity), while the same woman later performs oral sex on that man during a car chase.

The camera focuses on various young women's shapely bodies (in bikinis and tight jeans), while some bare-breasted women are seen cavorting with a man. It's heavily implied that some characters are gay, while one is noted as being a cross-dresser and a photo shows a lesbian kiss and breast groping. A man's bare butt is seen several times from under a hospital gown, while his erection is also seen pushing out from under the same.

Violence consists of people being murdered by various means (mostly gunfire, but also by suffocation and falls), while a character spends the entire film trying to avoid succumbing to a poison that's been injected into him. Fighting and striking or the throwing around of others also occurs, while some of the violence has rather bloody and gory results (including views of a severed hand). Some of that material could be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers, but it's mostly played in an action fashion, meaning some kids may want to try to imitate that and/or other behavior on display.

Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while some use drugs or other materials as stimulants, and some smoke. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's a great deal of camera movement (much of it representing hyped-up or disorienting point of view angles) throughout the film.


ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Chev asks a drug dealer if he has any coke (hoping it will stimulate his system to keep him alive), the guy sells him some when he thinks it's for medical purposes, and Chev then snorts some of it, but that doesn't do the trick for him.
  • After a pharmacist refuses to give Chev any epinephrine, a miscellaneous guy whispers for him to use nasal spray, saying it contains that and will "get you tweaked." Accordingly, Chev grabs a bunch and snorts it (here and in another scene).
  • Chev inserts a needle (containing epinephrine) into his arm and the substance takes affect, causing him to be quite jacked up, and he runs down the street rather quickly.
  • Chev calls Doc Miles after taking too much epinephrine, and the latter asks the former if he can get some (what sounded like) grass (presumably meaning marijuana) and Chev says, "Check."
  • Eve is happy to have found what look like some tablets on a table (possibly drugs). Seeing how Chev is acting, she then asks if he wants some pot (he first say yes, then no when he realizes what it would do to him in terms of slowing him down).
  • Seeing how Chev looks, a cabbie asks if he's a "crack head" and then gives him some foreign drug that does a number on Chev.
  • Doc Miles tells Chev that there's some "meth" in the treatment he's giving him.
  • Verona has some champagne.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • From time to time, we see computer-animated views inside Chev's chest of his beating heart.
  • Chev shoots a thug in the head at point blank range, spraying Kaylo and the wall behind him with lots of blood (there's also blood on the body). We then see that the thug's severed hand (courtesy of Chev whacking it off with a cleaver) is still attached to the gun and Chev removes that.
  • Verona's dead brother's severed hand is delivered to him (we see the bloody stump).
  • After taking a drug that a cabbie has given him, Chev says it "tastes like ass" and spits from the door.
  • Chev shoots two thugs dead and then uses a friend's dead body in a chair as a shield from machine gun fire from other thugs (the clothes on the body are bloody from the impact). During this, Chev is apparently hit in the leg (but seems okay later), and then grabs and hits a guy, placing his hand into an industrial sewing machine that jams stitches down into his flesh (with bloody results). Others shoot guns at Chev, with him shooting one dead and then another (with the body falling off a fire escape and landing between him and Eve).
  • We see a little blood on a dead man's shirt.
  • A man is shot in the head (we see a small but bloody bullet hole in the front and then a lot spurting out the back). A big gun battle then breaks out (with handguns, machine guns and a shotgun), with various people being shot and wounded or killed. During this, part of one man's finger is blown off, while a crime lord throws another man down on top of a grenade (as a human shield for him) that explodes beneath the latter, leaving a very bloody mess on the former.
  • A man falls a long distance from the sky toward the city, taking time to call his girlfriend (calmly) before smashing into and bouncing off a car (his bloodied face lands in front of the camera and he's presumably dead).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Chev is a hitman who kills for a living, while his boss, Verona, Don Kim and others are all criminals.
  • When some cocaine doesn't work to get his adrenaline flowing, Chev purposefully calls some black guys "niggers" and then starts a fight with them.
  • Chev makes various disparaging homosexual remarks about Verona and his brother, including calling them "faggots."
  • Chev throws a foreign cabbie from the street and then yells "Al-Qaeda" as he takes the cab, ensuring that bystanders will jump on the driver, which they do (pinning him down and bending his leg, etc.).
  • Needing to jumpstart his system, Chev tells Eve (in public), "Make love to me" and "Take your clothes off," but she think he's crazy. He starts pawing at her, including pulling down or tearing her dress, exposing a bare breast before pinning her to the street. She tries to fight him off (and hits him, not realizing how hard she did so), but then quickly gets aroused and they then have consensual sex.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence," "Blood/Gore" and "Jump Scenes" may be unsettling, suspenseful, or scary to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • Chev watches a prerecorded video of Verona sticking a long needle into his (Chev's) neck, injecting him with the poison. He also says he has one hour to live before the poison in his system kills him.
  • Doc Miles tells Chev that if he (Chev) stops moving, he'll die.
  • Verona's hulking brother searches for Chev in a restaurant's kitchen, with Chev slicing off the thug's hand with a meat cleaver before kicking him in the face. Their fight then ends up outside, where the guy knocks down Chev and is punching him with that stub, but one such punch misses and the stub smacks hard onto the road. Kaylo then hits the thug over the head with a rolling pin, causing that thug to come at and repeatedly hit Kaylo with something. Chev then walks up and shoots that thug point blank in the head, spraying the wall and Kaylo with a lot of his blood.
  • Verona's thugs head off to get their revenge on Eve.
  • We see that the villains have a friend of Chev's bound to a chair that's lifted off the floor, with a plastic bag over the guy's head that causes him to suffocate.
  • A man is shot in the head (we see a small but bloody bullet hole in the front and then a lot spurting out the back). A big gun battle then breaks out (with handguns, machine guns and a shotgun), with various people being shot and wounded or killed. During this, part of one man's finger is blown off, while a crime lord throws another man down on top of a grenade (as a human shield for him) that explodes beneath the latter, leaving a very bloody mess on the former.
  • Verona injects Chev with some substance, and then shoots a boss dead. Chev and then Verona fight onboard a helicopter in flight, with Chev holding onto the open edge and briefly dangling from the chopper before punching and head-butting his nemesis. Both fall from the chopper and continue to struggle, with Chev eventually breaking Verona's neck.
  • A man falls a long distance from the sky toward the city, taking time to call his girlfriend (calmly) before smashing into and bouncing off a car (his bloodied face lands in front of the camera and he's presumably dead).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Shotgun/Machine guns/Grenade/Meat cleaver/Poison: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound, or kill others. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "F*ck you" (seen written), "Oh f*ck," "I just f*cking killed you," "Where the f*ck /is he/have you been?" "Jesus f*cking Christ," "Ricky f*cking Verona," "Don't f*ck with me," "I'm really f*cking dying," "F*ck you, m*therf*cker," "F*cking believe me," "Blah-blah-f*cking-blah," "You've been tight since your brother f*cked you in third grade," "You don't have to be so damn f*cking cool about it," "For f*ck's sake," "Doing your mother like a f*cking whore, you bitch" (said to a man), "Get the f*ck back," "F*ck 'em," "This is f*cked," "What the f*ck is this?" "You're f*cked," "Persistent m*therf*cker," "What a f*cking nightmare you are," "It's been a long f*cking day," "Not so fast m*therf*cker," "You're feeling like sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "This sh*t has been real," "The sh*t ain't free, nigger," "Sh*t ain't working," "Oh sh*t," "What is this sh*t?" "Give me that sh*t," "Talking sh*t," "You've totally lost your sh*t," "Holy sh*t," "Turn that sh*t off," "No sh*t," "Steel hard-on" (erection), "What, do you think I have c*nt written on my forehead?" "What the hell is the matter with you, dude?" "You have yourself a nice death," "Little bitch" (man), "Stones" (testicles), "What the..?" "White nigger" (said by a black guy about Chev), "You're acting like Somalian niggers" (a black guy to others with guns), "Beating the Gucci off his ass," "Dawg," "Small-time punk," "Shove it up your ass," "It will get you tweaked" (high), "Shut up," "Juice me," "Let's go get the bitch," "Don't be such a freak," "Jackass," "You're so weird," "You're insane," "Crack-head," "What the hell?" "Tastes like ass," "You chillin,'" "Welcome to my life," "Bonjour, douche-bag," "Hello girls" (said to men), "Whatever, psycho" and "Who's the bitch now?"
  • All of the action, fighting, and stunts might be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • As he starts to lose consciousness from the drug, Chev stomps on a car's accelerator to keep the adrenaline pumping through his body.
  • Chev throws a foreign cabbie from the street and then yells "Al-Qaeda" as he takes the cab, ensuring that bystanders will jump on the driver, which they do (pinning him down and bending his leg, etc.).
  • Kaylo (a cross-dressing guy) wears a midriff-revealing top.
  • After a pharmacist refuses to give Chev any epinephrine, a miscellaneous guy whispers for him to use nasal spray, saying it contains that and will "get you tweaked." Accordingly, Chev grabs a bunch and snorts it (here and in another scene).
  • Chev has a hospital worker use a defibrillator on him (trying to juice his system), but the shock knocks Chev backwards into an elevator car.
  • Chev inserts a needle (containing epinephrine) into his arm and the substance takes affect, causing him to be quite jacked up, and he runs down the street rather quickly.
  • Chev lifts a motorcycle cop's handgun from him, taunts him a bit by playing around with it, and then steals the cop's motorcycle, spinning around on the street before dragging the cop a little ways (on his feet while hanging onto the back of the bike).
  • Jacked up from too much epinephrine, Chev stands atop a moving motorcycle and stretches out his arms, riding it down the street like that before crashing and flipping into some outside tables.
  • Needing to stimulate his system, Chev places his hand into a hot waffle iron and closes the top down onto it.
  • Chev and Eve have sex in public in front of many others.
  • A guy makes a mocking male masturbation gesture with his hand.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A man is suddenly shot in the head.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • While most of the soundtrack is of a fast-paced, techno beat, some suspenseful music is present from time to time.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • We heard several uses of the "s" word in some songs, while another had the line "make love to whom I please," another (in a sex scene) was "Let's get it on," while others had lyrics we couldn't fully hear and/or understand, thus presenting the possibility that they might potentially contain other objectionable content.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 115 "f" words (18 used with "mother," 1 used sexually as are the terms "banging" and "doing"), 53 "s" words, 1 slang term using male genitals ("c*cks*cker"), 1 using female ones ("c*nt" -- also seen written), 11 asses (6 used with "hole"), 7 hells, 3 damns, 6 uses of "Jesus," 5 of "Oh my God," 3 each of "G-damn" and "Oh God," 2 of "Jesus Christ" and 1 use each of "God" and "Swear to God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • When Chev calls Doc Miles, we see two bare-breasted women in thong bottoms giving him a massage (they're all over him -- seen in several quick shots).
  • We see Kaylo shirtless and then a flashback to him at a cross-dresser club where he cavorts with others like him.
  • A comment is made about "the girl you been banging."
  • Chev mockingly tells Verona over the phone, "You've been tight since your brother f*cked you in third grade" (meant sexually).
  • The camera briefly focuses on a woman's body as she does some solo, sexy dancing.
  • The camera focuses tight on various women's bodies in small bikinis (showing lots of skin, including cleavage). When Chev leaves, one such sunbathing woman sits up and holds her hand over her otherwise bare breasts.
  • As an example of something stimulating, we see a screen shot photo of two women kissing, with one's hand on the other's bare breast.
  • A taunt is made from one man to another: "Doing your mother like a f*cking whore, you bitch."
  • Chev calls Verona to taunt him and we see the criminal shirtless as Chev says something about "sucking you off" and we then see a man move away from being in front of Verona (possibly suggesting gay oral sex -- especially when Chev responds, "You really are faggots").
  • We see several views (partial and full) of Chev's bare butt in a standard hospital gown.
  • Chev calls Doc Miles after taking too much epinephrine, and the latter asks the former about various side effects including, "You got a steel hard-on?" Chev looks down at his hospital gown and says, "Check." We don't see anything then, but later see an erection pushing out the fabric of that gown.
  • We see Eve in a small camisole top and some very small panties when Chev arrives to get her out of the house. We then see a few shots of her bare back as she gets dressed.
  • The camera focuses tight on some young women's butts in their tight pants.
  • Needing to jumpstart his system, Chev tells Eve (in public), "Make love to me" and "Take your clothes off," but she think he's crazy. He starts pawing at her, including pulling down or tearing her dress, exposing a bare breast before pinning her to the street. She tries to fight him off (and hits him, not realizing how hard she did so), but then quickly gets aroused (as the song on the soundtrack has the lyrics, "Let's get it on"). She enthusiastically tells him to "take me right here" and then asks, "What are you waiting for?" (he's apparently having some erectile issues as both comment on him "getting it up"). He then gets her to stand, drops his pants (we see part of his bare butt) and has rear entry intercourse with her while standing in front of a crowd of people who are shocked and/or cheer them on (even some kids are watching). We see him thrusting and see her pleasured reaction, but they're interrupted by a phone call from Kaylo saying where Verona is, so Chev stops with the sexual antics.
  • Eve shows some cleavage and tells Chev (about their earlier public sexual encounter) that she forgot to take her birth control pills. Then, while being pursued in a car chase, she suggestively tells him, "Let's finish what we started." She then apparently manually stimulates him before performing oral sex. When she sits up, he tells her to keep her head down (the joke being that it's for her protection from the gunfire, but also to continue the oral sex). Her head then goes back down there (out of the camera shot), and he says, "That's it, baby...just a little more." As he's about to climax she says, "You're so big," but then stops what she's doing, sits up, and wipes off her mouth. He wants her to continue, but she replies, "Why? So you can fall asleep like you always do?"
  • We see Chev shirtless as he's getting treatment from Doc Miles.
  • We see TV footage of a young Japanese woman detailing the above public sex scene, saying, "He was giving it to her" and comments on the magnum size.
  • A guy makes a mocking male masturbation gesture with his hand.
  • We see some women who appear to be nude or at minimum otherwise very scantly clad seated in some glass balls at a villain's headquarters (no explanation about why, but we don't see anything explicit).
  • About Verona now working for a boss, Chev sarcastically wonders if the former will be doing a "little reach around" on the latter (meaning manual stimulation).
  • SMOKING
  • Kaylo smokes once, while a few other men smoke cigars.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Verona reacts to Chev having killed his brother (anger, not grief).
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Adrenaline and how that affects the body vs. ingested products.
  • Cross-dressers.
  • After a pharmacist refuses to give Chev any epinephrine, a miscellaneous guy whispers for him to use nasal spray, saying it contains that and will "get you tweaked." Accordingly, Chev grabs a bunch and snorts it (here and in another scene).
  • VIOLENCE
  • Chev watches a prerecorded video of Verona sticking a long needle into his (Chev's) neck, injecting him with the poison.
  • We see a flashback to Chev presumably killing a target (we see him aiming his gun with its laser light hitting the man's head), but we later learn that's not what happened.
  • Upset that he's been poisoned, Chev smashes and kicks a TV from where he saw that message from Verona.
  • Chev goes to see a drug dealer for info and roughs him up, pushing him back against a wall and holding his handgun on him (many other men then hold their guns on Chev).
  • When some cocaine doesn't work to get his adrenaline flowing, Chev purposefully calls some black guys "niggers" and then starts a fight with them (head-butting one, we then see a door blast open with Chev flying out and hitting the street).
  • With the police chasing him, Chev purposefully drives through glass windows into a shopping mall where he runs into various things before crashing up onto an escalator.
  • Chev throws a guy from a taxi.
  • Chev enters a convenience store, pulls the clerk over the counter, and throws him to the floor as he raids the place for anything with caffeine and other such stimulants.
  • Chev overturns a small cart in anger.
  • Chev throws a foreign cabbie from the street and then yells "Al-Qaeda" as he takes the cab, ensuring that bystanders will jump on the driver, which they do (pinning him down and bending his leg, etc.).
  • Verona's hulking brother searches for Chev in a restaurant's kitchen, with Chev slicing off the thug's hand with a meat cleaver before kicking him in the face. Their fight then ends up outside, where the guy knocks down Chev and is punching him with that stub, but one such punch misses and the stub smacks hard onto the road. Kaylo then hits the thug over the head with a rolling pin, causing that thug to come at and repeatedly hit Kaylo with something. Chev then walks up and shoots that thug point blank in the head, spraying the wall and Kaylo with a lot of blood.
  • Trying to blend in with the crowd, Chev dons a hospital gown and tries to make his way out, stopping some staff and demanding (at gunpoint) that they give him some epinephrine. He also pushes people out of the way and fires a few warning shots at two cops who've drawn their guns and are after him.
  • Chev has a hospital worker use a defibrillator on him (trying to juice his system), but the shock knocks Chev backwards into an elevator car.
  • Jacked up from too much epinephrine, Chev stands atop a moving motorcycle and stretches out his arms, riding it down the street like that before crashing and flipping into some outside tables.
  • Needing to stimulate his system, Chev places his hand into a hot waffle iron and closes the top down onto it.
  • Spotting some of Verona's thugs at E's place (but needing to keep his proficiency at killing secret from her), Chev smashes one guy into a public phone. He then struggles with another, causing that man's silencer-equipped handgun to fire several times (one shot goes near Eve who's oblivious, while the other blasts a small caged bird, leaving a puff of feathers in its place). We then see Chev rolling that unconscious or dead guy into the nearby pool.
  • Needing to jumpstart his system, Chev tells Eve (in public), "Make love to me" and "Take your clothes off," but she think he's crazy. He starts pawing at her, including pulling down or tearing her dress, exposing a bare breast before pinning her to the street. She tries to fight him off (and hits him, not realizing how hard she did so), but then quickly gets aroused and they then have consensual sex.
  • We see that the villains have a friend of Chev's bound to a chair that's lifted off the floor, with a plastic bag over the guy's head that causes him to suffocate.
  • Chev holds his gun on a man on the roof and then throws him off (we don't see the impact, only a body flying past a window).
  • Chev shoots two thugs dead and then uses a friend's dead body in a chair as a shield from machine gun fire from other thugs (the clothes on the body are bloody from the impact). During this, Chev is apparently hit in the leg (but seems okay later), and then grabs and hits a guy, placing his hand into an industrial sewing machine that jams stitches down into his flesh (with bloody results). Others shoot guns at Chev, with him shooting one dead and then another (with the body falling off a fire escape and landing between him and Eve).
  • During a car chase, the bad guys shoot at Chev and Eve. Chev then shoots the driver of one such car, causing it to crash and flip over, while another car also crashes and Chev gets out and repeatedly shoots into it (we don't see the impact of the shots).
  • A man is shot in the head (we see a small but bloody bullet hole in the front and then a lot spurting out the back). A big gun battle then breaks out (with handguns, machine guns and a shotgun), with various people being shot and wounded or killed. During this, part of one man's finger is blown off, while a crime lord throws another man down on top of a grenade (as a human shield for him) that explodes beneath the latter, leaving a very bloody mess on the former.
  • Verona injects Chev with some substance, and then shoots a boss dead. Chev and then Verona fight onboard a helicopter in flight, with Chev holding onto the open edge and briefly dangling from the chopper before punching and head-butting his nemesis. Both fall from the chopper and continue to struggle, with Chev eventually breaking Verona's neck.
  • A man falls a long distance from the sky toward the city, taking time to call his girlfriend (calmly) before smashing into and bouncing off a car (his bloodied face lands in front of the camera and he's presumably dead).



  • Reviewed September 1, 2006 / Posted September 1, 2006

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