Crank it up!
Scoring Statham
in Crank it up
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Crank (2006) and Crank: High Voltage (2009) feature Jason Statham as the seemingly invincible hitman, Chev Chelios. The riotous premise in both films – a race against time to stay alive due to (a) an injection of lethal poison; and (b) having his heart removed and replaced with a battery-powered one – is scored accordingly. Both films are styled as videogame narratives, and the music scoring functions to emphasise, simultaneously, the rapid pace of the outlandish proceedings and the witty, hardman persona of Statham. This chapter will present a close analysis of both scores and highlight how they operate in relation to the narrative and as sonic signifiers of Statham's image.

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