Crank: High Voltage (2009)
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.
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Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
The adrenaline rush never stops. The razor-sharp humor and nonstop action are back...and then some. As usual, Chev has to race against time or risk dying, but it isn't because of the poison we saw last time; it's because the villains took his heart and replaced it with an artificial one that has a less-than-reliable battery pack. The trademark "Mission Impossible" type formula is back with a vengeance: fight some villains, consult the doctor, spend time with girlfriend...in no particular order.Once again, there is the usual motley crew of characters who are alongside Chev: gangsters, exotic dancers, adult film stars, the works.The action scenes are definitely ones for the books. Take what you saw in the first "Crank" and then amp it up by, say, twenty. The subtitle is absolutely perfect because that's the pace for which the movie goes: high voltage. Let's face it: the man has nine lives and can't be put down so easily...but don't tell the villains that.Like the one before it, this is another feel-good movie that will boost your spirits if you had a bad day and you feel like hitting something.
So Crank 2 basically ties directly on the first move, with no time in between. And by the way the first movie was great. And this movie is too. But the reason I gave it only 8 out of ten stars is simple: it is the same thing again, but with a much worse story.I really liked the first part because of the amount of action and adrenalin, and this really continues in the second part. Which is great and exactly what you would expect out of a second part. But the story does not kick in as much. It does not keep you hooked all the time, the situation is not as desperate as the one in the first movie and I really had moments where I was bored, which should not happen if you set the expectation that high with the first part.But still I personally would recommend you watching it, because it is still an entertaining movie after all.
One day all films will be made like this. Crank 2 is the imaginatively-titled sequel to Crank, following the exploits of seemingly-indestructible hit-man, Chev Chelios, as he runs around L.A. murdering every hood and henchman he comes across (and he comes across quite a few).I loved this film. It's completely stupid. But, at least it knows it is. If you ever saw Clive Owen in 'Shoot 'em Up' and thought that was ridiculously over the top, well... you haven't seen anything compared to a Crank film.Jason Statham, as Chelious, has had his heart removed (just after he fell out of a helicopter over Los Angeles) and it's been replaced by an artificial one which needs charging every ten minutes or so. Therefore, as he runs around killing one thug after the next, he has to come up with all sorts of ingenious ways of recharging himself, such as placing his hands on high voltage cables and tazering himself.That is just a taste of the silliness you will expect during Crank 2. If you think that sounds daft, steer well clear - that's just the tip of the iceberg.Like I say, Crank 2 knows it's stupid and goes to great lengths to prove it to you. If you're unable to suspend your disbelief, then don't even bother watching this. I have read many a review referring to it as 'utter rubbish.' And, they're right - it is rubbish, but it's not trying to be anything else.It's grotesque, offensive, wall-to-wall daft, senseless rubbish and violence. And it's great.Sense of humour a must when choosing to watch this.Bring on Crank 3.
It's not hard to see why, either; Crank 2 took the first film's premise - about a hero who has to stay alive by keeping his heart rate pounding - and threw it into surreal, absurd new territory. Ending in a crescendo of violence and fire, you might be forgiven for thinking, as a burning Statham extends his middle finger to the audience, that the stir-crazy hero's adventures have come to an end. Yet during the end credits, we discover that Chev Chelios is scorched, bandage-clad, but still alive.Crank 2 actually did reasonable business, having earned more than double its $15m budget back in theatres alone. At the time of writing, however, Neveldine/Taylor have yet to officially confirm their plans for one, even though actress Amy Smart has suggested that a follow-up as being discussed. If it happens, Crank 3 - once again starring Statham as a now bandage-clad Chelios - could be one of the most bizarre sequels ever made.