Crank is a 2006 action / thriller film, written and directed by both Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The film stars Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez and Dwight Yoakam. It was released in the United States on September 1, 2006 in 2,515 theaters. The film was rated R by the MPAA for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use.
Chev then heads to a bar and holds a gun up to a former affiliate, Orlando, to help track down the location of Verona. Since Orlando does not know where Verona is, Chev buys cocaine from him and then attacks his friends to pump up his adrenaline. As he speeds away, several police units begin to chase him. As Chelios flees the police, Doctor Miles calls and tells him that he needs to go to the hospital and get epinephrine. During the conversation, Chev evades police by driving through an indoor mall, crashes his car on the escalator and flees in a taxi. During the drive, he stops to rob a convenience store of mini-thins (an over-the-counter stimulant) and caffeinated drinks.
Chev goes to the mansion of Carlito, a crime lord with whom he is affiliated. Chev jumps into the pool to talk with him, but Carlito will not help him. As he speeds off in the taxi, Kaylo calls and tells him that Verona's brother is in a particular restaurant. Chev enters the restaurant and draws Verona's brother into an alley, where Chev slices off his gun-hand with a meat cleaver. The two men wrestle with each other, and Kaylo joins in with a rolling pin. Chev's gun is defective from his dip in the pool, so he picks up the severed hand holding the gun and shoots Verona's brother, killing him. He then calls Verona, who is surprised to see that he is still alive. He pulls a necklace off of Verona's brother and tells him he is coming to kill him and his crew.
Chev then goes to the hospital, where the pharmacist refuses him epinephrine and leaves to call the police. A young man (Chester Bennington) nearby tells Chev that there is epinephrine in nasal spray. Chev grabs multiple boxes and begins snorting each bottle. Police begin pursuing him, so he dons a hospital gown as a disguise, which proves ineffective. At gunpoint, he demands epinephrine from several doctors and nurses pushing a gurney with a patient on it. As a nurse (Glenn Howerton) fumbles with the gurneys medicine drawers, the police follow with guns drawn. The nurse eventually finds the epinephrine and gives it to Chev. Chev then tells the nurse to use the defibrillator on him, which throws him back into an elevator. After the doors close, Chev injects himself with the full vial of epinephrine. With the massive amount of epinephrine in his body, Chev begins running crazily throughout the streets of Los Angeles. Doctor Miles calls again and chastises him for using the whole syringe of epinephrine, then proceeds to ask Chev if he has the symptoms of an overdose (specifically, a raging case of priapism), to which Chev responds, "Check."
Chev soon comes to a TV store where the news reports on his rampage. A man looks at Chev, and recognizes him from the mug shot. Chev leaves the crowd and steals a police motorcycle and drives to his girlfriend Eve's apartment. When he gets there, he tells her that they need to leave and she gets dressed. Chev purposely burns his left hand on the waffle iron to spike his adrenaline. The two leave, and Chev kills two assassins sent by Verona without Eve noticing. In a Chinatown restaurant, Chev reveals that he is actually a hitman, not a video game programmer as she thought. He tells her that he has been injected with poison, and that he did not complete his last assignment to kill the gangster Don Kim so that they could run away together. She angrily leaves the restaurant, believing that he is lying. He begins feeling weak again and asks her to have sex with him to wake him up. After initially fighting him off, she has sex with him in the middle of the plaza as a crowd gathers, shocked and amused. In the process, he gets a phone call from Kaylo, who says that Verona is in a nearby factory. To Eve's dismay, Chev has to break off the sex; he kisses her goodbye and heads off to meet up with Kaylo.
Once Chev gets there, he discovers that Kaylo has been suffocated by affiliates of Carlito. They tell him that he is embarrassing his former employer and should die quietly. Suddenly, Eve appears from an elevator. A gunfight erupts and Chev quickly kills three of the men, but is lightly wounded as he flees to an elevator. Chev and Eve run throughout the factory and he sneaks up behind a thug and shoves his hand into a sewing machine. They escape to her car, with two 96 Impalas driven by the thugs in hot pursuit. Now believing his story, Eve performs fellatio on Chev to keep him going. At the same time, Chev manages to kill the thugs in a rolling gun battle, then receives a call from Doctor Miles, who is back in town. At the doctor's office, Miles treats Chev, but tells him that due to his overdosing on epinephrine, his condition is irrevocably fatal. Preferring to die fighting for revenge, Chev calls Verona and they set up a meeting to exchange his brother's necklace for the antidote.
On the floor of the meeting, Verona's thugs disarm him and escort him to an open-air patio. Verona awaits him, along with Carlito, who has joined forces with him. Chev asks for the antidote and they laugh at him, telling him there isn't one. Chev pulls out his finger in the shape of a gun and aims it at Verona and Carlito. As they laugh at him, he points it at a thug and mimes pulling the trigger. The bodyguard falls over with a gunshot to the forehead. Verona and Carlito are shocked to see Don Kim and his armed thugs standing behind Chev.
The two gangs begin shooting each other and Chev chases after Verona. Carlito boards his helicopter to escape the gunfight. Chev, Verona and Carlito grapple on the helicopter. Verona injects more poison into Chev, then shoots Carlito and takes his place on the helicopter. As it lifts off, Chev dangles out of the helicopter, pulling at Verona's leg. High above the city, Chev finally pulls Verona out of the helicopter and both of them plummet through the air. Chev snaps Verona's neck, plummets away from the corpse and calls Eve's answering machine to apologize that he will not be returning to her. After hanging up, his body smashes down onto a car and bounces extravagantly high and far before smacking into the pavement his face inches from the camera. His nostrils flare slightly in what appears to be breath, then he blinks once. Seconds before the credits the viewer hears two faint, but steady, heartbeats.
Film critic Brian Orndorf from FilmJerk.com called Crank "The latest stab by Hollywood to cash in on the violent video game craze".
The filmmakers also made extensive use of web advertisement to promote the film. Lions Gate Films bought a featured spot on the home page of YouTube and paid several of its well-known members to advertise. Independently, Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor and Efren Ramirez appear in a vlog by a user known as biostudentgirl on YouTube as well as her personal site.