August 30, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): CRANK 2: High Voltage is a 2009 English thriller starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Corey Haim, and others. Order the DVD and Blu-Ray of CRANK-2 online from Amazon, watch trailer, read reviews.
Jason Statham is remarkable in the Transporter series films. But the CRANK series have violence that over kills.
After surviving the brush with death that ended the first Crank film, top assassin Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) returns in this action-packed sequel to track down a ruthless Chinese mobster who has stolen his most prized possession: his heart. As the talented hit man scours Los Angeles for his enemy, he must continually jolt the mechanical ticker that beats within his chest — otherwise, he’s dead. Amy Smart and Dwight Yoakam co-star.
Cast and Crew:
- Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Corey Haim, Clifton Collins Jr., Ling Bai, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Reno Wilson, Tony Flores, Jimmy Ortega
- Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
- Genres: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Lionsgate Home Entertainment,
- Rating: 2.5/5
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Like the first part of ‘Crank‘, where our hero Chevy (Statham) had just a few hours to live before the Chinese poison in his veins killed him, this time his actual heart has been taken out and he has been fitted with an artificial one that requires electric jolts to keep it running.
So, while Chevy kicks and curses his way on to find his heart, he ingeniously looks for ways to keep his heart going – by giving himself shock from car batteries, hugging an electric pole, zapping himself with a police tazer or when none of it is available, generating some static electricity by rubbing his body against the next body he finds.
Besides Chevy, and some loony characters, most of whom are either prostitutes, pimps or gangsters, each competing with the other in the profound use of profanity, there isn’t much going on.
So in one film you have as much sex, nude women, curse words, generally insane behaviour, odd camera work and fish eye camera angles put together as much as possible. Considering this you can either rank this a masterpiece or utter nonsense.
At any rate, this one is sure to make it to the Guinness book for the maximum number of swear words possible within the span of a movie.
But if you are a junkie, you’ll love the absolute lack of decorum or sanity in the movie. If subtlety is your liking, you’ll either tear all your hair apart or go hug an electric pole yourself to save yourself from this film.
More about the Film
The critics have not been very kind to Crank: High Voltage. But what do they know? Here’s what this movie has going for it: gratuitous nudity, mindless violence, constant profanity, and a ridiculous storyline. Add to that stereotypes galore (gay, Asian, Latino, the neuropsychiatrically disabled, you name it), strippers with guns, a strike by porn actors (with a cameo appearance by Ron Jeremy), and a guy who refers to his heart as a “strawberry tart,” and one can only wonder what’s not to like. In fact, writer-director-producers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s sequel to 2006’s Crank is an absolute hoot, a non-stop assault of crazy sights and sounds that will leave you breathless and laughing. As the action starts, Jason Statham’s Chev Chelios has not only survived the fall from a helicopter that ended the earlier film, but is now on the operating table, awake and watching as some Chinese villains harvest his “tart” in order to implant it in their aging leader (a wacky turn by David Carradine). Chev quickly dispatches the bad guys, but the fun’s just starting; the mechanical ticker they’ve put inside him needs constant recharging, so as Chev pursues the real organ, he must use whatever’s available (jumper cables, a police taser, a car cigarette lighter, high voltage power lines) to keep the fake one going. Storywise, that’s about it. But it’s plenty, as the filmmakers’ ultra-kinetic style–with its manic edits, cartoony subtitles, and other envelope-stretching effects–and amusing performances by Amy Smart (as Chev’s girlfriend), Dwight Yoakam (as a “doctor” who helps him figure out what’s happening), and others keep things going. No, Crank: High Voltage ain’t exactly Masterpiece Theater, but this is without a doubt one of 2009’s most entertaining films. –Sam Graham
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