D.O.A. and Crank
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D.O.A. and Crank

In case you didn’t know, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is opening this Friday. Also in case you didn’t know, it’s directed by Neveldine/Taylor. Also in case you didn’t know, those two are arguably modern American cinema’s greatest emerging auteurs. With only three features under their shared directorial belt (Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Gamer) and two writing credits (Pathology, Jonah Hex), the pair have already violently and excessively made their mark on our collective eyeballs. So, if you’re not able to wait to see Nic Cage urinate fire in Ghost Rider, this month’s Re-Make/Re-Modeled should tide you over for that final 24 hours.

The double bill this month will feature the 1950 film noir D.O.A., followed by the aforementioned Crank (on a 35-mm print, no less). Introduced by the Grid’s film critic, Adam Nayman, the pairing of films is appropriate. Rudolph Maté’s D.O.A. follows Frank Bigelow (Edmond O’Brien), a man who finds he has days left to live because he has been poisoned, but doesn’t know who wants him dead, or why. Substitute Chev Chelios for Bigelow and Jason Statham for O’Brien and we have the basic plot of Crank, except for the compressed time frame (one day), and the fact that we know who poisoned Statham and why (he’s an assassin).

Contacted via email, Nayman said of his choice to pair the films: “Putting Rudolph Maté’s likably brawny, bare-bones film alongside Neveldine/Taylor’s exercise in excess should create an interesting tension in line with the mandate of this series: in this case, it might be more appropriate to say that Crank doesn’t remodel D.O.A. so much as pimp its ride.”

Well call us Xzibit, but we like the sound of that.