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Crank 2: High Voltage is the freak show act at a carnival. It’s so over-the-top that the phrase ceases to have meaning in this context. It’s a bizarre concoction of testosterone, adrenaline, and psychedelics. It seeks not only to top its predecessor, Crank, but to outdo itself at every turn. The problem with all of this is not a lack of entertainment value but the sense of no longer watching a movie. There aren’t any characters and there isn’t a plot. It’s an arcade video game (as is explicitly suggested by the opening credits) run amok, a series of sketches crammed together with no connective fabric. The experience of watching Crank 2 is so atypical that it passes unnoticed when the movie stops without ending (although, to be fair, loose ends are sewn up during the end credits)…read more [Reelviews]

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There’s all this awesome shootout scenes, and even though Chev just goes straight at them with his gun, he takes them out. If that was me, I would have found a good high point and sniped those asses. But, even so, I had a lot of fun. There was blood EVERYwhere, all kinds of awesome car chases and action scenes, and there’s boobs! It was awesome…read more [Screen Junkies]

The joy of 2006’s Crank, starring Jason Statham as poisoned hitman Chev Chelios, came from its cheerful contempt for reality: Statham was completely impervious to harm, which left the movie free to go crazy with style, plot, and most importantly, a sense of humor. Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose, and plausibility feels like deadweight.

So there’s no sense batting an eyelash at the fact that Statham died-dropped thousands of feet to the concrete-at the end of the first Crank. High Voltage just scrapes him off the ground, literally: Asian gangsters simply scoop him up with a snow shovel and take him to a black-market operating room, where he learns his new fate. In the first Crank, Statham needed to keep his adrenaline pumping in order to slow the poison coursing through his veins…read more [A.V.Club]

The difference is, while Crank 1 was a proudly ridiculous action vehicle out to top most others in its genre, Crank 2 is considerably more interested in topping its predecessor, if not itself at every turn. That’s the difference between seeing Chev chop off a foe’s hand and use his own gun (in his own hand) to shoot him and seeing Chev lube up a shotgun before sticking it where the sun doesn’t shine, and while both moments serve as a means to an end, the latter feels like shock for shock’s sake instead of something morbidly inventive. And so it goes: elbows get chopped off, nipples get sliced off, breast implants have holes blown in them and proceed to leak, old ladies cuss, etc. The scene in Chinatown where Chev and his ditzy gal (Amy Smart) pump in public to supportive tourists? Now they’re doing it on a race track as horses bolt by and the crowd cheers on…read more [Cinematical]

At this point I’m sure you get the idea – Crank: High Voltage, while completely implausible, hyper-ridiculous and borderline incoherent at times, is a wild ride and most importantly, it is a lot of fun. Over the years Jason Statham has become Hollywood’s go-to guy for an ass-kicking good time, and with the Crank series he has done what can easily be described as his most ambitious work. Neveldine and Taylor, the mad scientists at the wheel of this crazy train, have once again created a hyper-real environment filled with bullets and characters that are equally as piercing. And its not just Chev Chelios, the heart of it all, that makes it work…read more [FilmSchoolRejects]

If there’s any serious and successfully communicated subtext to Crank: High Voltage (behind the virtually incidental, libertarian explosion of offensive terms and incidental, objectified representations of women, gay men and various racial groups) it ends up being something not unlike the subject satirised in Ben Fold’s Rocking the Suburbs (“You Better Watch Out, Because I’m Gonna Say F***”). The Crank films offer – and in the final image before this film’s end credits, literally so – the scream of the angry, disaffected Waspish male…read more [/Film]

Being an exceedingly violent 18-certificate film, you can rest assured that there’s an admirable quantity of claret on show: kneecaps and man nipples are neatly sliced off; there’s a close-up or two of surgery; and, of course, it comes replete with the usual gamut of exploding body parts accompanied by ample red mist. Testicular probing, hedonistic lesbianism and overtly racist quips complete what most sane viewers might deem a perverse, toe-curling package… read more [TimeOut London]

What’s The Deal: Bourgeois concepts like “good” and “bad” don’t apply to filmmaking like this. It’s flashy and as much like a hyper-caffeinated beverage commercial as it can be, it follows no logic beyond making Jason Statham look like the man who invented the idea of being the human equivalent of an indestructible iron tank, it adheres to his strict image-control policy of “I must look as though I have not recently shaved or, failing that, like I just shaved but I am so full of testosterone that this two-day stubble just shot through my face seconds after I put down the razor,” and it contains more extreme violence and torture than any Saw film but is presented in a way that’s as aspirational and fulfilling as that wedding dress montage scene in the Sex and the City movie…read more [movies.com]

Crank 2 High Voltage – The Fans Review Video:

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Crank: High Voltage is, like Crank before it, a celebration of the most ludicrous and over the top filmmaking possible. In another era it would have been a grindhouse film, relegated to sleezy, dirty movie theaters in back allies where people slink in for bullets, tits (sometimes exploding tits), foul language and the bashing of heads. It’s somewhat amazing that a movie like this can exist in this day and age, and maybe even more amazing that they’ve somehow slipped it past the MPAA with an R-rating…read more [Cinema Blend]

You have to give the filmmaking duo credit — they bob and weave like prizefighters trying to work in past players (Yoakam’s doc, Smart’s Eve) while introducing a plethora of supporting weirdoes, including crazed Asian whore Ling, mullet-headed moron Corey Haim (yes, THE Corey Haim), and Carradine as chief bad guy Poon Dong. In fact, the name of the Kung Fu/Kill Bill’s character is rather indicative of the level of wit expelled by this effort. Another example? Chelios and his gal pal create friction (to fuel his ticker’s battery) by having unabashed sex in the middle of a horse track — right on the finish line — during the race. While it’s not as goofy as the porn stars’ strike (don’t ask), it’s par for High Voltage’s crude course…read more [FilmCritic]

Adopting a grainy grind-house style that departs from the first film’s slickness, Neveldine and Taylor cram their frames with guts and guns, car crashes and gratuitous nudity, pausing only to let Statham crack a quizzical frown before slamming back into the fray. Not everyone has a taste for gun-wielding strippers and Godzilla parodies, but for those who do, “Crank High Voltage” is like a 1,000-volt shot to the heart…read more [Cine Fundas]

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Disgusted

    April 29, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Crank 2 by far is one of the WORST movies I have ever seen. Its an absolute waste of film and Jason Statham stooped to an alltime low with this one. There is absolutely no point to the movie..over the top pornography, and the language and violence was beyond offensive.

    • Peter

      May 22, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Jason Statham deserves better then crank and crank 2.Why he did these 2 movies is beyond me the movies are the worst I have ever seen.
      I realize they were supposed to be some sort of comedy action or something but crank was alright but crank 2 just plain sucked it was to far over the top and the filming is amateurist.

  2. Give it a try!

    April 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    This movie was incredibly awesome but definitely has an "acquired taste" feel to it. If you like gore, randomness and nudity, this movie more than delivers. Have fun!

  3. sgr

    May 4, 2009 at 8:18 am

    f*ck u ……….that was really an awesome movie………..were do you get suck action now-a-days…..i agree that there is no story behind it , but da movie is still awesome …..

    F*CK U ……………

    • xoke

      July 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm

      You’re a moron! That movie was complete CRAP! Y not buy porn if u that horny?

  4. painkiller

    May 26, 2009 at 8:02 am

    ITS A WASTE OF TIME AND THE WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR.

  5. ozzy

    June 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    High school musical IS A WASTE OF FUCKING TIME AND FILM!!!! CRANK 2 IS THE BOMB!!! ESPECIALLY THE GODZILLA LIKE FIGHT SCENE

    ps: FUCK YOU HATERS!!!!

    • ihateozzy

      August 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm

      Fuck you High School Musical is fucking awesome and made more money than Crank 2 ever will. Yeah this is an Action movie, but if there’s not a plot then it’s crap. And further more it doesn’t go along with the first movie. And Am I to believe that he fell out of an airplane and suffered no broken bones and was fine enough to roam around shooting ppl in the city within days??? NO, this movie is Lame and so are you for hating on HSM!!!! BITCHHHHHHH

  6. untouchable

    July 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    First, let me say I’m glad I didn’t pay to see this movie…lol Jason Statham is an awesome actor, but honestly people…this movie was pointless. I completely enjoyed the first Crank film, but Crank 2 seemed like the generic version of Crank 1 with worst costumes & make-up…meaning the gangster with the fake @ss beard.

    So for those of you that are saying F*CK U….how about you allow people to have an opinion and express it free without the negative responses.

  7. Disgusted

    October 24, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Absolutely the worst thing I have ever seen! Wish I could get my money back! I wouldn’t recomend this piece of drivel to my worst enemy. Jason Statham should be ashamed of himself. I hope they had some kind of dirt on him that they used to blackmail him into this movie, becuase that is the only excuse for it.

  8. nicole

    October 24, 2009 at 11:52 am

    It was the worst movie EVER! no plot, no story, just cheap disgusting porn and unrealistic action. I used to like Jason Statham’s movies, not a fan any more! The worst part was… actually hard to pick. It was horrible all over! DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME & MONEY ON IT, EVEN A DIME!

  9. A khan

    October 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    The movie is a piece of shit with nonstop nonsence.

  10. Vince

    November 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    To “Disgusted”. I bet you sat through that entire “beyond offensive” movie too, pussy.

  11. Anonymous

    November 25, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Absolutely the worst movie ever!!!DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!

  12. aaron

    December 16, 2009 at 6:23 am

    f* idiots. i f you can look beyond your mainstream views, you might be able to find a film breaking new ground. to the person talking bout high school musical, you are the reason this world is shite. do what your told and pay money to the right people and your government will love you, mainstream, unimaginative mother f*. fu* you f* balls

  13. Anonymous

    February 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    The worst movie ever!

  14. just watched it

    April 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Ok, this movie was full of nonsense, but if you like explosions and action with no real point, give it a try. Personally I don’t like the fact that all of the women get their asses kicked…I thought that was a rule that women don’t die, they duck! Funny though

  15. unknown

    April 10, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I expected some kickass action,babes,car action thrills but above all a lots of fun…….. and thats exactly what i got.
    don’t give that high school musical crap. r u gonna watch movie like ‘crank’expecting some high school cheer-girls, & some cheeky sing n dance ? jason statham is fun to watch and Iam his big fan. As most of the statham movies, this is another fun to watch film. Good job jason.

  16. david

    April 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    this movie was the shitttttttttttttt queens nyc

  17. DJD

    July 14, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Words escape me.. just how bad this movie is. Utter Crap!! Thank god I only rented the film instead of a purchase. It will give me great pleasure when handing this DVD back over the counter.

    Avoid! Avoid! Avoid at all costs!!! Believe me you’ll thank me..

    DJD.

  18. see

    November 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    The worst hollywood movie I have ever seen.

  19. Sean

    December 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Did I actually see someone compare High School Musical to Crank 2??? Wow, some people need some help.
    Crank 2 was awesome if you have any sense of humor/sense of adventure. I was tired by the end because it is nonstop action. And if you get it, funny as hell! For those that don’t get, I feel for ya I really do…

  20. Israel

    June 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Well, first of I’d like to say it hit all the right areas for me. I like getting caught up in action, and laughing really hard at things that completely throw me for a loop. It doesn’t follow anything because it is it’s own. So even if you do hate it, you have to accept the fact that it created a fresh grounding for new movies. The mainstream has way, WAY, too much BS out there insulting our intelligence. Besides…I just bought the movie, and found out someone stole it from me. So, that’s at least two people I know who actually do enjoy watching Crank 2. Just saying.

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