Saturday, April 18, 2009

More electrifying than the first! Movie review Crank 2 : High Voltage (2009)


If you liked Crank, you will love Crank 2 or Crank: High Voltage!

Yes people, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have made my favourite movie even better and now its even electrifying-ly funny(pun intended!).

The movie is Rated R for frenetic strong bloody violence throughout, crude and graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language.

The movie is produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and Lionsgate (Lionsgate is the same company that produced the SAW movie series! Exciting bunch of people they are!)

Cast

Jason Statham is Chev Chelios, this time he loses his heart! (not figuratively, but literally!) [Check out the pic]

Dwight Yoakam is Doc Miles, who still has massages from nude ladies and has "Chocolate" for his receptionist. (Any guesses as to why she is called Chocolate?)

Amy Smart is Eve - still blond, but now smarter (lives up to her name, eh!) and savvier (she now has an iPhone) Did I mention she is a stripper?
Corey Haim is Randy - Randy is a pimp, ladies n gentlemen!
[You can see Eve tossing Randy on a car in the pic]

Efren Ramirez is Venus - he is Kaylo's twin brother - also gay with FBT - Full body turrets!

Reno Wilson is Orlando (Again, I forgot who he was... He must still be unimportant!)

Keone Young is Don Kim - a syndicate leader

Art Hsu is Johnny Vang - A guy who is carrying Chev's heart in a ice box! (yep, seriously!)


Ling Bai is Ria - a prostitute saved by Chev who is now smitten by him [Pic on right]

David Carradine is Poon Dong - A 100+ year old mafia honcho who wants Chev's heart and other "well endowed" body parts to keep living his racy lifestyle!

Billy Unger is Young Chev - Watch out for the talk show part in the movie. Its too funny!
Jamie Harris is Talk Show Host and Geri Halliwell is his mom.


Joseph Julian Soria is Chico - A gang .. oh well, see the freaking poster on the left.. lol!

The plot is once again, super simple - Crank 2 starts where Crank left off - Chev falls from a chopper, bounces off a car and lands splat on the street! Before the medics can get to him, he is scooped off the streets (literally with a shovel!). Having survived a deadly Chinese poison - the Beijing cocktail, the gangs want him for his body parts, starting with his heart. So they cut him open n take it and replace it with an artificial 4 chambered battery powered one! (Seen on the left. PS: The heart used in the movie is an actual artificial heart!)

Unfortunately, the heart is designed to sustain the person and is not meant for vigorous, stressful activities! And if you know Chev's lifestyle from Crank, its anything but peaceful! The external battery sustaining the heart is ruined in 10 minutes of him getting it. The internal power only lasts for a short time before the 4 chambered plastic pump would stop. Chev has to keep him self electrically charged by any means necessary to stay alive! The premise has now been set for a lot of weird, shocking, funny moments in the movie!
Oh yes, he also has to retrieve his original heart that has been implanted in Poon Dong after killing a bunch of people while trying to stay alive! no problem at all.. lol!

Like its predecessor, this movie too has its share of unrealistic moments and pushes the 'reality' envelope a lot many times! People who have not watched Crank and who do not know what to expect will find asking themselves "What? How is that possible?". But for the fans of Crank, its all good! Why you ask?

Because this is Crank 2! People going to watch this movie would expect to see something shocking (another attempt at pun), violent, crass and outrageous! They would expect the "in-your-face" outrageous-ness! Without showing these things, the movie would not be fit enough to bear the title of Crank!

********** Warning! Spoilers ahead!!!!!! **********

Here are a few reasons why you should watch this movie!
1. It has Jason Statham in it! The guy simply knows how to entertain! I like his sarcastic dry wit displayed throughout the movie!
2. Random violence!
3. Random nudity!
4. Boob busting moments - A stripper gets shot in the tits and the silicone oozes out of her boobs! Excellent premise for Crank 2 the video game for ones with a twitchy trigger finger!

5. A sex scene on a race track where Eve 'rubs' against Chev to generate static electricity to keep his heart pumping while he is pumping her and a horse jumps over the pair in heat! (How freaking cool is that!) I was LMAO in the movie with the others viewers! (A semi drunk girl even shouted "oh yeah" in the audience! lol)

6. The violence is so big, the directors had to resort to clay-like animation to depict it! It was so freaking cool for me coz it reminded me of the 60's tv show for kids called Giant Robot (It was aired in the 80's on good ol' DoorDarshan!)

7. It has bare chested men of all sizes - tattooed, fat, fit, scrawny, muscular! take your pick and ogle away ladies! (don't miss the tongue and nipple clamp on Chev on yer right) ;-)

8. The titles are in retro-cool 8-bit graphics!
9. There are 2 heart surgeries shown in the movie! A must see for every self respecting wanna be heart surgeon :D
10. It depicts a strike by porn stars. The banners n chants are hilarious!
11. Its a Jason Statham movie and its Crank! Satisfaction guaranteed baby! 'Nuff said!

Watch it and have some cheap thrills and lots of racy, violent, electrifying action! Its a pretty cool movie!
6.5/10 for regular viewers
7/10 for action movie fans
7.5/10 for ones with a quirky sense of humor
8/10 for fans of the series!

22 comments:

Smita said...

Hmmmm....

A good review...

eye-in-sty-in said...

Thanks for the comment, but again, this is totally out of your genere, unless you are changing ur taste in movies!

Smita said...

Nah! Am not. Did i say am gonna watch it? Hadn't read anything like this since ages so....

avdi said...

Gosh movies like this exist? Is this something recent or cut-pasted from MS?

couchpapaya said...

onoo! poor turkish, what is he reduced to???

eye-in-sty-in said...

Hi again Smita, ok.

Hi Ava,
They sure do and they are nice too... lol This was released in 2009. IN fact last friday on the 18th. So definitely not from MS. The review of Crank (1) was from MS though.

Hi CP,
turkish?

Vyzz said...

violence and men!

really now...


i saw the jane austen book club..it's so nice..no violence at all!

hehe

cheers..

Vee said...

Guess what, I haven't seen Crank.. Just did not happen, But now I am motivated. After all, who doesn't like Jason.. He was totally watchable in Guy's movies plus in Revolver he was good too. He is good.

couchpapaya said...

please dont tell me u havnt watched snatch???? ah well, ok if u liked these movies, then u'll luuurvvve lock, stock and two smoking barrels, snatch and rock 'n rolla. guy's movies as mentioned by vee above! totally cult types + jason statham = right up ur alley :)

eye-in-sty-in said...

Hi Vyo,

When the heart can be cut without the knife, why shoudl there be any violence, eh!

;-)

Hi Vee,

Did u see Transporter 3? I find his movies totally entertaining!

Hi CP,

No! not yet watched snatch! Its in the Q! Long Q. Thanks for the recco!

udtahaathi said...

My kinda movie.I haven't watched Crank though.
I have collection of gory-horror genre starting with Saw( I to IV) and Guy's movies. Like couchpapaya said, they are outstanding and a genre in themselves. LS&2SB is a classic in its own.
Also I beleive Saw-V is released in US too. Its available in Indian grey market. Saw Vi is releasing on Oct 09.
Btw, I am watching 'Hostel' the goriest film on slasher genre. I think Lionsgate specialized in producing gory movies. Eli Roth is one of the major player in these genre.

I don't think you have the right audience here ;-)

Cheers!

udtahaathi said...

I read the review again. I wonder how you manage to get so many succulent pictures to go with your detailed descriptions ! Man, you should write such reviews of such movies in some pro-forum, where people know what they see and what they discuss :) 9 Lol @ avdi’s comment :p )

You are losing out on a great deal of discussions from real suckers of such movies :)

I recommend you see LS&2SB first, then Snatch and finally Rock n’ Rolla.
Giant Robot- I used to be a fan of it. It was called Johny Sokko and His Flying Robot.

I never thought I would read the name of Jane Austin & Jason Statham in the same page :O

@ CP- You never fail to surprise me, Bish :)

udtahaathi said...

I read the review again. I wonder how you manage to get so many succulent pictures to go with your detailed descriptions ! Man, you should write such reviews of such movies in some pro-forum, where people know what they see and what they discuss :) 9 Lol @ avdi’s comment :p )

You are losing out on a great deal of discussions from real suckers of such movies :)

I recommend you see LS&2SB first, then Snatch and finally Rock n’ Rolla.
Giant Robot- I used to be a fan of it. It was called Johny Sokko and His Flying Robot.

I never thought I would read the name of Jane Austin & Jason Statham in the same page :O

@ CP- You never fail to surprise me, Bish :)

eye-in-sty-in said...

Hi UH,

You shd see Crank pronto! You are missing out on a slick action movie! Crank 2 will be even more enjoyable after you watch Crank a couple of time and memorize it... :D

It didnt go down well with many people when I gave a high rating to SAW on MS. In fact, let me take this opportunity to migrate another revu here :P

Snatch is on its way! Hopefully it can be watched in the next couple of days.

As for the pictures, When I love something I "put my heart into it" :D - No, actually I googled. A lot! Hee hee.

You are right abt this not being the right crowd for discussing such movies. But then, I think everyone has a twisted side to them. Theirs has just not been triggered yet!

Crank 1 and 2 are hardly hardly gory when compared to some of the other stuff Lionsgate produces. They have a whole series of movies (8 movies i think) that are released every year. These movies are too gory and violent and twisted to be shown on the big screen. So they get released just on DVD. Google "8 movies to die for". And you can see the collection. Its released every year - kind of like the "NOW, This is what I call music" collection, only much nicer!

And yes, Lions gate does specialise in producing Gorefest! Speaking of which, have you seen Planet Terror? And Death proof?
They are a reincarnation of the old-school B-grade movies - only made by Quentein Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez! I'll have to write on those movies sometime!

Jane Austen and Statham on the same page? Well, with the octo-mom delivering 8 kids, more stranger things have happened in real life ... lol!

udtahaathi said...

I saw Crank-1 and Hostel last weekend. Crank-1 experience would be incomplete without seeing Crank-2, so am in the lookout for it. Thought the DVD had the sex scenes chopped, the profanity was retained. I think it would figure high on the list of the movies with highest number of the MF ! Btw, i liked his gilrfriend, so innocently bimboish.

Hostel- its the scariest Horror movie I have ever seen. I am a sucker of this genre, but Hostel is difficult to withstand. It's gross, disconcerting and disgustingly brilliant.

'8 movies to die for' info was valuable :)

But Guy Ritchie's movies have much richer twisted humour, and you will really love 'em.

Cheers!
~uh~

eye-in-sty-in said...

Nice! 2 blooody awesome movies!
Did u read my revu of Crank 1? I descrive her as "a dumb blond bimbo who is slow in getting things in perspective but good for sex !" The innocence was what made the bimbo charming :-)

I'm yet to watch Hostel... Will savour it some day... lol

guess what? I'm watching Snatch as I'm writing this. And I love it already for the scarcasm.

And have The untouchables waiting in the Q.

Mama - Mia said...

geez! i got tired just reading the review! :p

i didnt enjoy crank frankly! so doubt am gonna like part 2!

and if i have to muscular men in action, gimme 300 any day! ;)

cheers!

abha

eye-in-sty-in said...

Clearly then its not your kind of movie :-)
Perhaps cubby n M will like it more. hee hee.
Thanks for dropping by :-)

couchpapaya said...

@uh - eh maine kya kiya ?? i dont *only* watch romance u know ;)

couchpapaya said...

EISI - woohoo knew u'd love snatch. review when done!

eye-in-sty-in said...

I'm back to not making any promises.

Shawshank Redemption went back unwatched and Snatch i've been trying to watch since 2 nights and I just cannot seem complete it. But I still am hopeful :-)

abrane said...

The crank movie is really action movie and this movie is full of action and you can also say this film is a science friction movie.These type of Action Movies are really successful movies.