Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Movie Time--Crank 2: High Voltage
Some time ago I reviewed the first Crank movie and enjoyed it quite a bit. Well, I can say this tops it in sheer craziness and absurdity. Whether it is a fantasy scene of Jason Statham's character fighting his opponent as if they were big Godzilla monsters, or being knocked out and imagining he is a child on a talk show facing the fact he's a miserable person (which is actually a clever scene and one of the few times the movie examines the fact that our protagonist Chev Chelios really is kind of a terrible guy), this is an utterly insane flick.
Basically, Crank 2 picks up right after the end of the first, with Chelios hitting the ground after falling out of a helicopter, and a bunch of Triad gangsters harvesting his heart and giving him an artificial one to keep him alive. He escapes and has to hunt down where he heart his and stay alive by giving himself electrical boosts by any means possible. Hence, we get some really silly and creative scenes in-between a bunch of gunplay and humorous characters popping up. Serious this movie is not.
Statham said there may not be a Crank 3, as that would probably be a hoot. I definitely found this to be good fun however, if very tasteless and silly--but that's part of the reason that it is so entertaining!
4 out of 5 stars.