This was the most intense cartoon I’ve ever seen. Going into a movie like this, you have to be expecting a certain thing, and if the previous Crank or the new trailer didn’t tip you off, it’s pretty over-the-top. That being said, this movie is a lot of fun and goes far beyond the improbable nature of the first. Written and directed by the same writers/directors of the original, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, Crank High Voltage goes beyond the ridiculous.
The story starts immediately where the last one left off. Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) plummets from the sky, bounces off a car, and lands in the middle of the road. But then, anonymous men shovel him off the ground and insert him into a van. Chelios wakes up mid surgery and literally watches a couple of men take out his heart and replace it with an artificial one. Once healed from the scar, he escapes and is on a bloody mission to retrieve his “pump.”
One of the great things about this movie, is that it does acknowledge itself as being absolutely impossible. The writers have a sense of humour, that some might find sick and offensive, but if you accept it for what it is, it’s actually a real fun ride. Obviously this flick will never win an Oscar or anything, but it does a pretty good job of actually getting the viewers heart to race. Through quick movements, surreal sequences, and a whole lot of guns, this movie’s pace is almost consistently going 100 miles per hour. However, there are moments of the movie that give you a much appreciated breather. Still, never for too long.
It’s almost as though Crank High Voltage could have been marketed as a comedy, it’s that ludicrous. They take some of the same ideas from the last movie and crank it up a notch. There are some pretty cool cameos in the movie too, such as David Carradine (Kung Fu, Kill Bill) and Glenn Howerton (Always Sunny in Philidelphia). Amy Smart does return as his woman, but his time around, she is a stripper. Of course!
As comic-booky as this movie is, it has every aspect of an R rating that one could expect: intense and graphic violence, breasts, sex, foul language, and racism. What more could you ask for? This movie has no potential to change your life, but it’ll give you a lot of laughs and some funny shit to talk about.
Will you see the movie?