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Crank 4K UHD Review

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“Crank” will appeal to action movie junkies.

“Crank” begins with hitman Chev Chelios being poisoned with a drug by criminal Ricky Verona in a power play move involving crime syndicates. With very little time left to live, Chelios learns that he has to keep moving and keep his adrenaline going because if he slows down he will die. He takes that advice and tries to stay wired by any means necessary as he sets out on a reckless quest to seek revenge against those who wronged him.

2006’s “Crank” is a high octane, high concept action vehicle for Jason Statham that is 100% ridiculous. It’s a cartoony action flick filled with hard rock music, quick cuts, sex appeal, un PC moments (no way this exact movie gets made today), violence, dark humor, and crazy action that involves everything from public sex to a helicopter fight. For action lovers, this movie may be a veritable heaven. Personally, I found it all very exhausting as it exhausted its already thin premise early on. Luckily, Statham’s charismatic crazed law-breaking antics and the underappreciated scene-stealing Dwight Yoakam as a Doctor make it all watchable.

In terms of the direction by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, it’s not the type of directorial style that usually appeals to me but it works here. The frantic pace, the wild POV shots, the shaky cam, the zooms, and the music video esque moments would be maddening in most other films, but it fits with the fast-paced story being told here. The style is certainly never boring that’s for sure.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 2160p. How does it look? Given that this is a shaky cam movie shot on digital, this isn’t the type of film to greatly benefit from a 4K transfer. Still, it is an upgrade over the Blu-ray.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? This Atmos track delivers a bigger and louder track.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Lionsgate trailers
* A family friendly version of “Crank” option for TV I presume.
* A picture-in-picture mode titled “Crank’d Out Movie Mode.”
* “Pushing Crank”- A featurette about the promotions.
* “The Stunts Of Crank”- The title says it all.
* “Crank @ Comic-Con”- A clip of the Q&A from San Diego Comic-Con.
* “Shooting Crank”- A feature about the film being shot in digital.

* “More Stories From Crank”- A series of interviews with cast and crew members such as Jason Statham, Efren Ramirez, Adam Biddle, Neveldine/Taylor and Jose Cantillo.

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May 16, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , ,

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