Today: We’re recapping the 2006 action movie Crank, starring Jason Statham…
Tomorrow: We’ll use this story recap as a springboard into a discussion of the importance of strategic problem-solving.
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Key plot points from this story of poisoned British hitman, who needs to keep his adrenaline flowing to stay alive, are pictured below. It gets ugly. And is not for the faint of heart. You have been warned!
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Hitman Chev Chelios wakes up to a recorded video message from his long-time rival, Ricky Verona, explaining how Chev’s been injected with a synthetic drug that will stop the flow of adrenaline to his heart and kill him within the hour.
Chev tries to find Verona. With mixed results.
Verona calls Chev to gloat and promise a bad end for Chev’s girlfriend, Eve. Verona reveals that Carlito–Chev’s boss–has betrayed Chev to the Chinese Triads, to save his own crime syndicate after the hit Carlito paid Chev to execute on the leader of the Chinese Triads. (Got it?)
During a car chase through a mall, Chev learns from his underground doctor, Doc Miles, that he needs to keep his adrenaline pumping through constant excitement or artificial adrenaline to stay alive long enough for Miles to arrive and administer a cure.
To keep alive, Chev listens to Achy Breaky Heart at full volume…
… steals drugs from the hospital…
… does some risky stunt riding…
And has sex with Eve in public. He also gets into a whole lot of fights.
Finally, Chev arranges a meeting with Carlito, Verona, and their cronies. Of course, it’s a double cross. But Chev isn’t there alone; he’s backed up by the Chinese because, it turns out, Chev actually spared their leader.
Verona kills Carlito, and escapes in Carlito’s helicopter. High above LA, Chev wrenches Verona from the copter. As they plummet to the ground, Chev snaps Verona’s neck. Then calls Eve. She’s not available so he leaves a message, apologizing that he will not be coming back to her. Then Chev hits the pavement.
Until Crank High Voltage.
Tomorrow: We’ll use this story recap as a springboard into a discussion about the importance of strategic problem-solving.