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Crank: High Voltage

A movie released April 17, 2009

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The formula to this would be "[Natural Born Killers + Shoot em up] = Crank 2: High Voltage"

  • Jan 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. Voltage beings where the original ended with the Stath falling a mile from a helicopter and bouncing off a parked car – dead presumably, but no because the Chinese warlord responsible for his original poisoned predicament has Staham's Chev Chelios scraped off the roadside and deposited in a makeshift surgical theatre where his heart, strong enough to survive the original film and so a desirable commodity for his wizened nemesis, is extracted and replaced with a battery powered stopgap designed to keep him alive and his organs fresh for transplantation. You'd be forgiven for losing the thread at this point but the movie is only 5 minutes old when Chelios thankfully regains consciousness and on Doctor's orders, begins a hunt for his real heart while subjecting himself to electric shocks to keep the temporary one functioning.

 

That, if you can believe it, is the setup, and you won't be shocked to learn that it's a fairly sober foundation for what follows. Shot on prosumer camcorders, Crank 2 is saturated in the promise of bargain basement vulgarity and doesn't disappoint. Edited with an eye for the absurd, it feverishly presses on across ninety monged out minutes in which guns are inserted into rectums, nipples sliced from torsos, fights segue into Godzilla style monsters battling against miniatures (with actors in caricatured masks of Statham and his enemy battling it out) and in the funniest sequence, Geri Halliwell appears in flashback as Mother Chelios, taking the young Chev to task on a talk show in which a few British cars and a reject from a mad max movie dressed as a British punk are dropped onto a Californian back lot for the least convincing but most enjoyable English flashback you've ever seen. Chelios may be a hard-line misogynist and causal racist, but there's something about the former Sydenham market trader that would make him likable. Jason Statham preforms brilliantly once again as Chev Chilos. But if you look closer to the film you will see cameo performance of Cory Haims(The Lost Boys) and David Carradine(Kill Bill).

Like I said if you can handle violence, blood, shootings, gratuitous nudity, foul and offensive language involving hilarious one liners from Jason Statham then give it a shot. It’s a pure, mindless action taken beyond the extreme and I loved every minute of it.

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January 13, 2010
Glad you agree, This film is for the selected and that's what makes it fun, Hope things are alright with you.
 
January 12, 2010
This was insane! I know the movie was stupid...I know it was outrageous...I know it was impossible...yet, I had fun watching it! Amy Smart rules! cool review, milady, I'll be back tonight after I get back from the hospital to check up on everyone.
 
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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 …
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 . September 28, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
DVD
“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, …
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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