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Crank: High Voltage

A movie released April 17, 2009

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3 ½ Stars: Violence, Murder, Lewd Behavior and Outrageously Over the Top...This Movie is a HOOT!!!

  • Sep 28, 2009
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“CRANK” was quite an experience. The movie just basically channels its strength from just how outrageous and over-the-top the scenes can get, it was basically a cartoonish display of violence and mayhem. I didn’t exactly figure that writers/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor would come up with a sequel considering the way “Crank” ended. Well, buckle up, fellas, Neveldine and Taylor have unleashed “CRANK 2: High Voltage” and it is definitely bigger, louder, sillier than the original film. This type of movie makes fun of itself and is NOT to be taken seriously. The film’s ludicrous plot requires a VERY, VERY, VERY HUGE suspension of disbelief and requires a certain taste. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the film is loads of fun to watch and that it serves up a climax that is so outrageously unpredictable.
 
The movie takes off after the events of “Crank” as we see killer-for-hire Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) splattered all over the sidewalk. He should have died right there, (the movie makes no attempts to explain why his body wasn’t pulp) but his body was recovered by a Chinese triad so that they can transplant his “strawberry tart” (or heart) to their very elderly leader Poon Dong (seriously!). Chelios awakens to escape before the triad can harvest his other body parts and goes on a rampage to recover his natural life-giving pump; requiring a jolt of electricity for his artificial heart so that he can embark on his journey. Along the way, he runs into a spunky prostitute named Ria (Bai Ling), his ex-girlfriend Eve (Amy Smart) who is now a sexy stripper, dead friend Kaylo’s brother Venus, all the while trying to avoid his former enemies…


 
Complain all you want about the film’s bad dialogue, abrasive hyper-kinetic cinematography, gratuitous nudity (even full frontal), racism and absurd plot devices, this film goes all out. It appears that the creators are all in to outdo the original and they succeed. Directors Neveldine and Taylor doesn’t hold back and CRANK 2 does make the original appear like a Disney flick. Like the two filmmakers or not, Taylor and Neveldine does display some of the sensibilities that made Tarantino great; only instead of having a grand knowledge of cinema that references from other films of the past, the two is your kid-in-a-candy store whose passion for filmmaking stems from video games, Asian technological tricks, cartoonish caricatures that is not high art but more like a scribble on a sketch book. They don’t have the Tarantino finesse or touch, but they make do with what they have and channels exactly what they want to express that is a movie built on lewd behavior, murder, violence, blood, gratuitous nudity and sex. The two “Crank” creators are nuts and their ideas are a hoot!
 
The film is an on-screen video game complete with an 8-bit Nintendo score. “Crank 2” channels its energy from the absurd and the ridiculous. I don’t have any idea as to what the crazy subtitles were all about. The writing of the film makes mayhem and debauchery its central focus and Statham and Amy Smart seemed to be very comfortable with their roles. I cannot really dissect the senseless, outrageous gimmicks the two filmmakers have cooked up because it is the film’s main strengths; quite frankly the film makes the bare minimum of sense and it makes it its main draw. I wouldn’t be surprised if they wrote up the story while they were drunk or they were severely over-caffeinated. (I mean this in a good way) I’ll give you a few examples to whet your appetite, Statham and Smart has sex on a horse racing track while an aroused horse leaps overhead, a stripper who gets shot in her implants, there are crazy scenes that channels “Godzilla” and “They Saved Hitler‘s Brain“. Whatever idea you can think of, “Crank 2” may just have it.


 
The film is a direct sequel and honestly, it seems like “Crank 2” is the same movie but with more guts to go to the limit. The majority of the characters in the film carry references to the first film and many of them return in the persons of Keone Young, Reno Wilson, Dwight Yoakam, Glenn Howerton, and in a way, Efren Ramirez who plays Kaylo’s twin brother; they are easily recognizable as the viewer can easily connect the dots. Ramirez’s character is definitely inspired that he has a crazy medical condition that I shouldn’t reveal. Bai Ling plays a gutsy Chinese hooker and her character is no less outrageous as Ramirez’s. She appears to be a sexy, creepy natural Bai Ling without her prozac. Cehv Chelios is the type of protagonist that I had no qualms in cheering on, because of his tough-fisted approach to any problem. It also helps when he has a girlfriend as sexy as Amy Smart. The film also remembers to pitch in a ‘mythic’ mystery as to what is inside Johnny Vang’s (played by Art Hsu) cooler. (ala-"Pulp Fiction")
 
“Crank 2: High Voltage” isn’t a great movie but it is definitely great for what it wants to be. One cannot help but give in to all the ridiculousness and silliness of the film’s narrative (or close to a linear narrative as it can be). The film is all about revenge mixed in with chase elements, with the “strawberry tart” as the main objective. Like Neveldine or Taylor or not, you have to give the two guys their props and appreciate their talent for mayhem and visual manipulation. Despite the fact that they may not approach a true level of artistry and finesse, their rough, edgy and unique style has won me over. The film is a raw exercise of action, mayhem and sex that defies and denies all logic and laws of physics that can turn your brain into gooey matter. It is something that takes everything we’ve seen in the past and dresses it up as something very different. You will either love this film or hate it; there is just no halfway mark. If there’s another sequel (there is a strong hint that there will be), I am pretty sure this time I would be all in.
 
Highly Recommended! [3 ½ Stars]

 
DVD Staham and Bai Ling Is that Carradine?? Efren Ramirez as Venus?

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January 12, 2010
Well said Woopak, This movie was far fetched but it's amazing what director's can get away with film these days due to the ratings. Though its utter nonsense but I enjoyed it.
 
September 28, 2009
An aroused horse. Reminds me of a documentary I saw a bit ago about guys who got it on with horses. It was called ZOO. And we're not talking about mares or fillies here, we're talking about a beautiful grey stallion with a charcoal mane and tail...The SPCA had to geld the horse.
September 29, 2009
uh-oh. my curiousity sense is tingling...LOL
September 29, 2009
Sick puppy, or should I say pony?
 
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review by . November 22, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     If you liked "Crank", then here's some good news: they made a sequel. But if you were one of those many critical grouches that didn't like "Crank", then they've made another sequel that's bound to piss you off. Luckily, I liked the first "Crank" and on the contrary, I liked "Crank: High Voltage" even more. "High Voltage" isn't much better than the first film, although it does have a few more crazy-ass tricks up its sleeve. I can't really say it differs much …
review by . August 03, 2009
I enjoyed Crank, it's action packed, and even though it's very over the top, it has some semblance of a story and have great pacing, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the movie and was thoroughly entertained.  The director must have taken what made the first movie successful to heart when he made the sequel.  Crank: High Voltage has everything dialed up to 11 compared to the first film.  For some it may be a good thing, but it was WAY too much for me and the characters …
review by . January 12, 2010
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   High Voltage is essential for those that like their junk movies tasteless and baseless. I for one is pretty versatile when it comes to films and for those who know me can vouch for it. After I’d seen Crank 1 I couldn't wait to see Crank 2. It moves at such a frantic pace that you will probably miss a few things during the first viewing so I had to see it twice.   For those of you who don’t know story wise, don't sweat it. It's just as bad as the previous installment. …
Quick Tip by . July 22, 2010
Crank was a great movie, nonstop action.. I think Jason Statham was the perfect actor for this.. !
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
fast paced action movie about a man who will die if he doesnt keep his adrenaline flowing. A must see.
review by . June 01, 2009
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) gets the short end of the stick in a one-sided body part trade, after falling from a helicopter at the end of the first movie.   2. He escapes when he learns which part is next up on the list.   3. The battery for his Chinese-implanted artificial heart has to be charged frequently, by any means possible.   4. "Any means" in this case involves a lot of gratuitous violence, public …
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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: April 17, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 25min

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