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Crank: High Voltage

Crank: High Voltage

3.8 5
Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart


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The indestructible hopped-up hitman Chev Chelios, played to the hilt once again by Jason Statham, returns in Crank High Voltage, picking up where the first film left off -- except this time, Chelios is chasing a Chinese gangster who hijacked his heart and substituted it with a mechanical one that needs to be jolted with an


The indestructible hopped-up hitman Chev Chelios, played to the hilt once again by Jason Statham, returns in Crank High Voltage, picking up where the first film left off -- except this time, Chelios is chasing a Chinese gangster who hijacked his heart and substituted it with a mechanical one that needs to be jolted with an electric charge to stay pumping. Back for the fun is Chev's girlfriend Eve ({Amy Smart) and his physician Doc Miles (Dwight Yoakam), who, as luck has it, turns out to be an ex-heart surgeon. As Chelios delves deeper into the mystery surrounding his stolen heart, he discovers that the answers to his questions lie within the chest of a 100-year old head of the Triad gang, Poon Dong (David Carradine. The maverick directing/writing team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor returns to inject more caffeinated craziness into Lionsgate's burgeoning action series, with Efren Ramirez, Bai Ling, Clifton Collins Jr., and Corey Haim rounding out the supporting cast.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Juiced-up insanity reigns supreme in this follow-up to 2006's over-the-top Jason Statham action bonanza that has thrown audiences into fist-pumping frenzies. This time, the adrenalized formula is even more unpredictable, with twists, turns, curves, and splurges taking the viewer on a roller-coaster ride unlike any other. No doubt about it, this is the equivalent of free jazz for the ADD-addled American class of cinemaniacs looking for the newest fix of in-your-face entertainment -- which means the meek-hearted should not apply. Like a cinematic speedball straight to the jugular, Crank High Voltage proves that this series is the King of No Rules Cinema, a rare film that treats its constituents to an experience akin to a roller coaster about to go off the rails at any point. Unpredictable, unhinged, and completely unconcerned with whom it may offend, the sequel draws a line between generational gaps of ticket buyers and whizzes in the face of those who aren't already sold on the exploits of Mr. Chev Chelios, the man with the indestructible heart. When audiences last saw Chev (Jason Statham), he had beaten his foe in a midair fight after jumping out of a helicopter. While still in freefall, the former hitman made one last call to his girlfriend Eve's (Amy Smart) answering machine, admitting to all of the misdeeds he had done before going splat on the pavement, and winking just afterward to leave people wondering if he was still alive. Well wonder no more! Part 2 opens with a gang literally shoveling him off the street and locking him away for three months, during which time his heart is taken out and replaced with an electrically charged one. Now, outfitted with a battery pack and revenge on his mind, Chev once again heads out into Los Angeles in search of his plus-sized ticker, with his buddy Doc Miles (Dwight Yoakam) just a phone call away ready to fix him back up to live and die another day. If you think the plot is ridiculous, it's because it is. So far, both Crank films have thrived on absurdity, which is okay since nothing is taken too seriously in either of them. What filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor do take seriously is a yearning to shake things up -- both in style and in structure. This is moviemaking in its purest, most punk-rock sense. Shooting Crank 2 with consumer-grade cameras (some/most of which were destroyed during the shoot), the duo seems to have hijacked Hollywood with their fearless attitude, a contagion that has seemingly seeped into the talent in front of their lenses as well. For his part, Statham doesn't bat an eye through all of the insanity that his leaders have cooked up for him. The same goes for Amy Smart, who takes on the follow-up with a strength and air of sexuality merely hinted at in the first film. Even David Carradine joins in on the fun (looking straight out of Big Trouble in Little China as he does it), filling the role of a sadly underused villain who still adds enough wildness to help carry the colorful supporting cast, which includes Bai Ling, Corey Haim, and Efren Ramirez. New to the Crank scene is musician Mike Patton, whose love for both hard-driving rock and classic film scores gives the film exactly the kind of manic metal-meets-Ennio Morricone aesthetic that fits perfectly with the film's jarring style. With the help of Patton and everyone who was game enough to go along with this wild ride, High Voltage effectively raises the bar for what can be done when madmen take the helm of a studio picture. Loud enough to blow your eardrums, with enough frenzied visuals to keep your eyes bolted to the big screen, Crank 2 is a testimonial for no-holds-barred outrageous cinema -- a fact that should whole-heartedly please its open-armed admirers.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with writers/directors Neveldine/Taylor; Making-of featurette; "Crank 2: Take 2" featurette

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Statham Chev Chelios
Amy Smart Eve
Clifton Collins El Huron
Efren Ramirez Venus
Bai Ling Rai
Dwight Yoakam Doc Miles
David Carradine Poon Dong
Reno Wilson Orlando
Joseph Julian Soria Chico
Corey Haim Randy
Geri Halliwell Karen Chelios

Technical Credits
Mark Neveldine Director,Screenwriter
Brian Taylor Director,Screenwriter
Peter Block Executive Producer
Michael Davis Executive Producer
Jerry Fleming Production Designer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
James McQuaide Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Mike Patton Score Composer
Dayna Pink Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Reid Executive Producer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
David Scott Rubin Executive Producer
Brandon Trost Cinematographer
Fernando Villena Editor
Kelly Wagner Casting
Skip Williamson Producer
Richard S. Wright Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crank 2: High Voltage
1. Implausible [2:10]
2. Famous Heart [3:44]
3. Wired Up [3:42]
4. Jump Start [3:04]
5. Street Race [2:39]
6. Social Club [2:57]
7. Johnny Vang [2:25]
8. New Eve [4:36]
9. Police Bust [3:45]
10. Push It [4:10]
11. Out of Control [3:02]
12. Causing Friction [5:54]
13. Catching Up [5:31]
14. Breaking News [2:22]
15. Dropping the Hammer [4:04]
16. Emergency Stop [3:12]
17. Personal Package [3:33]
18. High Voltage Area [2:09]
19. Working the Streets [3:21]
20. Trouble [2:47]
21. Overseas Excursion [1:55]
22. Boyfriend Problems [2:26]
23. Staying Alive [1:38]
24. New Heights [5:02]


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Crank High Voltage 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Beasto More than 1 year ago
this is better than the first one, it's got lots more action and it's much more ridiculous lol
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Okay, so some of this movie is pretty hokey, especially some stuff near the end, and basically the whole premis of the movie, what with the fake heart and everything, but all in all though, this movie is a pretty entertaining ride. I actually saw this one with my dad in the theatre, and I must confess...I was a little uneasy watching it with him too. He never said too awful much, but I could see that he was a little indifferent about it. He's a bit more conservative than I am. Basically, take the language, nudity/sex, gore, and drug use that was in the first one and amplify it by several times, and you've got the new Crank movie. None of that type of stuff really bothers me too much, but I don't think that my dad was really expecting it, after having seen the first one, and neither was I for that matter, and so through part of the movie, I was thinking to myself 'Oh my God, my dad is going to get up and walk out.' Surprisingly though, he didn't, and he actually didn't say too much afterward, but I could tell that was the first and last time that he would watch that movie. LoL. That being said though, I myself thought it was pretty amusing. Being an fan of crazy action and everything, I was very entertained. If you're a fan of crazy action and plots that are somewhat absurd, I would recommend this movie.
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