R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.
There are a number of references to 80's arcade games in the film. In the opening credits there are flashes of arcade boot up sequences and the high score table of Robotron: 2084 (1982) is briefly displayed. Verona's sidekick is seen playing Berzerk (1980) in the car. The humanoid graphic of Berzerk is also displayed on the male toilet door Chev enters.
Jesus. Nothing's easy.
Throughout the car chase, the yellow Volkswagen convertible (which somehow can outrun two larger far more powerful cars) is shot at close range, multiple times, by thugs with automatic weapons. While the glass is shattered, and reappears several times, the body itself never shows any signs of having been hit by a bullet.
At the very end of the credits, we see "Crank" as if it was a retro video game. Chev shoots two henchmen, then he takes a needle containing drugs and goes into RAMPAGE mode and runs fast. He runs into another henchman who injects him with "The Bejing Cocktail", the camera zooms in on Chev's heart which explodes and blood splatters on the screen. And the words "Game Over" appears on the screen.
German FSK-16 version is cut for violence (97 seconds). Uncut version is rated "Not under 18".
English, Spanish, Korean
£450,141 (UK) (3 September 2006)
$27,829,874 (USA) (15 October 2006)
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