Crank is heart-pounding, adrenaline action

Crank can almost be called Transporter 3: The Crank as it stars the same actor (Jason Statham) as Transporter and Transporter 2. Statham plays the same type of character, an assassin. Not seeing Transporter or the 2nd one, this actor was unknown to me, but this was a good action movie for Co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. It starred an almost unknown cast except for the lead characters Statham and Amy Smart (Just Friends). For any of the Napoleon Dynamite fans out there, you will recognize Efren Ramirez (Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite) is in the movie as a minor character.The plot of the story stars Statham as an assassin named Chev Chelios who is poisoned with a Beijing cocktail and must keep his heart rate up by any means necessary or he will die. He goes to great lengths to keep his adrenaline up, such as making out with his girlfriend, Eve (Smart), being chased by the cops, and even getting juiced by shock plates to get his heart rate up. He tries to get revenge on the people who poisoned him plus anyone else who has done him wrong before he dies.In my opinion, it was a decent movie with a few good action scenes, but the plot seemed rather bland, and the lack of known supporting characters was a downfall for the movie. I give it a B- on the grading scale.