Crank: High Voltage

Genre:  Action/Adventure
Running Time:  85 min.
Release Date: April 17, 2009
DVD: September 8, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 3.05
based on 726 votes and 57 reviews
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Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Clifton Collins, Jr., Bai Ling, Corey Haim


In the 2006 action hit Crank, hitman Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) spent twenty-four hours in over-drive: fighting, killing, and keeping his adrenaline flowing at full-force to combat a deadly poison injected into his body. Now, in the high-octane sequel Crank: High Voltage, Chev has managed to survive—and is about to face a brand new day.

Picking up immediately where the first movie left off, Crank: High Voltage finds Chev surviving the climactic plunge to his most certain death on the streets of Los Angeles, only to be kidnapped by a mysterious Chinese mobster. Three months later, Chev wakes up to discover his nearly indestructible heart has been surgically removed and replaced with a battery-operated ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity in order to work.

After a dangerous escape from his captors, Chev is on the run again, this time from the charismatic Mexican gang boss El Huron (Clifton Collins, Jr.), and the Chinese Triads, headed by the dangerous 100-year-old elder Poon Dong (David Carradine). Once again turning to Doc Miles (Dwight Yoakum) for medical advice, receiving help from his friend Kaylo's twin brother Venus (Efren Ramirez), and re-connecting with his girlfriend Eve (Amy Smart), who is no longer in the dark about what he does for a living, Chev is determined to get his real heart back and wreak vengeance on whoever stole it, embarking on an electrifying chase through Los Angeles where anything goes to stay alive.

Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Studio: Maple Pictures
Producer(s): Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Richard S. Wright, Skip Williamson
Screenplay: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
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  • 4 stars "Augh! My eyes! Seriously, I felt like I needed some Aspirin and Gravol after seeing this movie. I think I enjoyed it more than the first one, because this one dropped all pretense of even considering pretending to make sense. There are many times in this movie where it's reminiscent of a first-person shooter video game, Grand Theft Auto, a manifestation of ADD on film and a Roadrunner/Coyote cartoon, with the amount of physical punishement Chev Chelios both sustains and walks off. Repeatedly electrocuting a character is the kind of things that falls squarely in the realm of animation. When I watched Sheitan, it looked to me like a film helmed by a lunatic. All the cast and crew seemed to"
  • 4 stars "ott and ridiculous! but still awesome"