Crank – Pretty Good

7 04 2009
Crank

Crank

Crank is a typical Jason Statham movie. The fact that I love those kind of movies makes me love this one as well. Although I would not rate it at the same level as Transporter 1 or The Bank Job, it does pretty well to keep you at the edge of your seat. The story runs at such a blistering pace that if you miss five minutes of the movie, you would be completely lost. Jason Statham is at his best! The lead actress’ entry happens only half way through the movie – and her role is not important at all… she is just for adding the glamour (read “sex”) factor to the movie.

The movie starts with Jason being injected with some Chinese poison which would kill him the moment his heart rate drops. The rest of the movie is how he tries to keep his heart going using various creative techniques like consuming coke (the drug… not drink), drinking Red Bull, injecting himself Epinephrine, having sex with his girlfriend, etc etc…

The climax is interesting… the twist in the end – although not spine-chilling – but good enough to keep up the pace of the movie. And the end is made smartly enough – its sequel-ready! Now we’ll have to wait and watch how Crank 2 :: High Voltage turns out…

Rating: 3/5

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Ong Bak – Thai Speciality

4 04 2009
Ong Bak Poster

Ong Bak

It was a word-of-mouth publicity about this movie that made me watch it. The movie is in Thai with English subtitles. It’s about a small village where the head of the statue of Gautam Buddha (Ong Bak) is stolen by a don. The hero – Tim (Tony Jaa) is an orphan in the village, who is an expert in Muay Thai, volunteers to get the head of the statue back. He goes to the city where he meets his friend – Humlae. Ting gets into a number of fights because of his friend but he never fights for money. In one such fight, he sees the villain. Then the climax is about how he fights the villain and get Ong Bak back to his village.

The fight sequences in the movie are breathtaking. They are so creative and different from what we have been seeing of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. The pace of the movie is also very good. If you like action movies, this one is surely going to be an out-and-out entertainer for you!

Rating: 4/5