It could have been a contender…

We recently rented Crank, a movie that started out with a fun concept (think Speed, but with no bus or Keanu Reeves) and starred Jason Stratham, one of the most charismatic action stars to come along in the past few years.

The film was co-directed by a couple of newbies, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who clearly have all kinds of energy and are students of the staccato/stylized school of filmmaking that has produced other directors like Darren Aronofsky, Luc Besson, Louis Leterrier, Quentin Tarantino, Tony Scott, Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay.

Crank started out with a bang, but by an hour or so in it fizzled and sputtered along to an unsatisfying ending.

I hope Neveldine and Taylor get another chance. They’ve got talent and with a tight script they could shine.

Oh, and speaking of Louis Leterrier (which I just was a couple of paragraphs ago), it looks like he’s officially signed up to do the new Hulk movie. I have mixed feelings about this. The guy has an astonishing visual style and he’s definitely got a handle on tight, close up fighting (as he demonstrated with Jet Li in Unleashed) but I wonder if he’s got the scope and range to pull in a big scale movie like Hulk 2.

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