“Crank High Voltage” Mind Mushing Entertainment

Running Time: 95 min.

Release Date: April 17th, 2009 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R for frenetic strong bloody violence throughout, crude and graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language.

Distributors: Lionsgate, Lakeshore International

Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

JJ Rating: B

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) survived a fall from a helicopter and he was a wanted man. He was captured and he was prepared to be a body that would be harvested for his organs like his heart. He escapes in search of the stolen heart. It was sex, drugs and mayhem, same theme as the first one. Crank High Voltage.

It was the same old same old; there was nothing totally outstanding about it that would make it better than the first one. It was fast paced. It was entertaining. It was graphic with the sex and the violence. There is a stripper scene. There are strippers that have guns in that scene. The mystery is where the hell did they hide the guns? Amusing, right? Yes. In Crank there was a public sex scene and this one doesn’t disappoint in that area. It’s a longer scene as well as being one of the funnier scenes in the entire film.

Amy Smart plays Eve and she’s just crazed. She holds her own by decking a guy, showing attitude about being left alone, tossed against a police car with barely any clothes on and begging to have sex in a public area for the thrill. Jason Statham is just an action star who likes to get some no matter if it’s in front of everyone. He has that look that is a cross between determination and insanity. The entire concept of Crank is insane and retarded, but the directors (Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor) with their hard work as well as the actors and their ability to reflect what the directors want, the film was good and enjoyable.

There is a scene at the beginning of the film that has to do with a shotgun. I saw it coming before the film wanted me to see it. That is the first time I was witness to something so brazen. I couldn’t decide if that was creative or really disturbing. There is an Asian woman that is really into Chev and follows him around. She is an exaggeration of an Asian woman if I ever seen one and it works for that character. She is one of the funny people that give comic relief in this fast paced thrill ride.

My problem with Crank High Voltage was that the humor was not in it as much as I had anticipated. It had really funny moments, but over all there was not enough of it to keep me entertained through, what seemed like, a rehash of the first but with a different premise. He has to keep his fake heart charged so he has to get shocked by different objects and at one point he has to use friction which, of course, leads to the public sex scene.

If you were entertained by the Crank then Crank High Voltage will entertain you. It doesn’t disappoint in quickness of the story telling and the thrill of the graphic violence as well as sexual content. And for that naming the film Crank was one of the smartest things this franchise has done. Far better than the title of a movie coming out later: Fighting. Wow, that’s so inviting. Crank has so many different meanings for the film itself as well as just being a word. It rocks as a title.

I’m not that into films that have lots of violence or sex. Without a storyline that is enjoyable and characters I like, it’s almost like watching my mind be sucked out by an alien like those Hulo commercials state. I did feel my mind turning to mush while watching Crank High Voltage, but I should be grateful that it was not a long film. The shortness saved my mind from totally going to waste. Bless them for not going a minute over.

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