“Just die? Do you think I’ve got ‘c*nt’ written on my forehead?” – Chev Chelios
Jason Statham is the epitome of ass-kicking action hero for modern-day Hollywood, and Crank exists as his magnum opus.
Sure, some critics panned Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s film for being a mindless action romp with ludicrous scenarios and outrageous exploitation – but that’s exactly how Crank earned the number eight spot on this list.
From square one our reckless directors deliver an adrenaline pumping thrill ride built with video game generation influences, birthing an action hero in Chev Chelios, who is more legend than man. The entire plot is based on a testosterone jolt equateable to wiring a car battery to your nutsack (or whatever that equivalent would be for you ladies), as Chev will die if his adrenaline levels drop below a certain point. There’s literally no stopping for Chev as we watch him pull every excitement inducing trick imaginable.
Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll baby! Who thought those sins could also be life savers?
“Me, I want what’s coming to me.” – Tony Montana
“Oh, well what’s coming to you?” – Manny
“The world, chico, and everything in it.” – Tony Montana
Sans a grizzly ending, how could one resist the temptation of emulating Tony Montana’s grandiose lifestyle?
Scarface‘s testosterone appeal comes not in rage fueled physical fighting, but the mammoth size of one man’s brass balls.
Like so many before him, Tony Montana wanted nothing more than to embrace the newfound freedoms and opportunities that America so proudly advertised. It was a fresh start, a new life, and a real chance for the Cuban immigrant to make a name for himself.
Full of ambition and drive, Tony adopts a simple yet strong personal mantra for success: the world is yours. Montana takes everything he wants - women, business, friends, even lives. The man is his own personal god, idolized by minions and feared by competition. Tony Montana represents the unrelenting confidence every man or woman wishes to embody, but also keeps in check the dangers such power can invite.
Live bold, fight your hardest, never back down, and go out on your own terms. You only live once, right?
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