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Crank: High Voltage



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Runtime: 96 min
Synopsis: Chelios faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.
Release Date: April 17, 2009
Written By: Mark Neveldine





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crank2Not sure what I just saw, but the original formula of Crank was hardcore to the point of ridiculous, this one is just absurd. Not only does Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) survive a 14,000 ft drop to earth but he lives through a harsh backroom surgery to seek revenge on the bodypart smugglers who took his heart. The one drawback to his revenge is that he now has an artificial heart which needs electricity to keep pumping. So where Crank demanded adrenaline to keep Chev going Crank: High Voltage demands electricity.

Part Grand Theft Auto (yes the video game) and part Godzilla. I would say that this has to be the craziest collaberation to get greenlit for the big screen. Crank: High Voltage spares nothing when it comes to racial slurs, sexual situations and raw animality. The sex scene in the original not only pales in comparison to this one but will seem like a kids movie compared to the scene in this one… Whew it was pretty hardcore.

The soundtrack kicked ass, the action was non stop and shot in a way that it seemed as if you were on some sort of chemical the entire time. I heard that the movie was shot with standard issue video cameras in order to access scenes where an expensive movie camera wouldn’t dare… This would explain the dumbed down quality but with explosions rampant, people flying through windshields and falling from buildings, I am not surprised.

Crank: High Voltage will no doubt piss some people off and dissapoint others but to fans of the original, you will leave wondering what they could possibly come up with next for a third installation. It is a crazy, crazy movie.

Greg Dragon

Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.