Hello, good evening, and welcome to a pretty late edition of Film Flare's Film Diary, the blog where the concept of a weekly diary is loosely followed.
It's been a quiet old week on the film front so as such, there is only 1 film for FFFD this week. An action film. An odd action film. A fucking insane action film.
This is one of Jason Statham's best roles. Just saying this out and proud right now. He's been watchable for a while in a wide variety of films but I don't think any film has taken him quite as far as Crank has. And he seems to revel in this role, the unstoppable, violent, focused antihero. It's a similar character to other film's he has been in (Expendables, War, Safe, The Mechanic, Death Race, Parker, Killer Elite, etc etc) but this film is so utterly bonkers and insane that it's taken to whole new levels and there seems to be a charmingly tasteless sense of humour at work.
Writers/Directors Mark Nevaldine and Brian Taylor have created a film that rests so near to the edge of brilliant genius that it's mesmerising, whilst also being (when you think about it) hugely offensive and really, really stupid. The plot involves Chev Chelios, an LA hitman who is poisoned with 'some Chinese shit' and has about an hour to live when the film starts. The only thing prolonging his life is adrenaline and the film is pretty much the lengths that Chev Chelios goes to to stay alive long enough to get revenge.
But it's the visual style that really wins me over. It's hectic and crazy, full of imagination and quirky shots that would not work in any other type of film. They play with the sound, colours, ratio, saturation and it all ends up looking unique. Actually unique. Apart from the 2009 sequel Crank 2: High Voltage (tagline: He was dead....but he got better), there are no films that share a style. Many people would say that this is a good thing, that the ADD filming and juvenile content is masking the lack of subtext, plot, etc and they may have a point. However, the actual purpose of the film is simply to be enjoyable. It's a film version of a computer game, something the film strongly alludes to several times throughout.
It's great, offensive fun. I really like it.