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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Crank High Voltage

Crank: High Voltage (Crank 2: High Voltage in some regions) is a 2009 American action/thriller film, and sequel to the 2006 action film, Crank. It picks up 3 months after the first film left off, retaining its "real-time" feel and adding surrealism. Crank: High Voltage was written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who both wrote and directed the previous film. The film was released in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2009,[1] one day prior to its North American release date.


The film opens with a sequence designed to look like a classic video game, depicting Chev Chelios' (Jason Statham) fall from a helicopter during the final moments of the original Crank. Immediately after his fall, he is scooped off the street via snow shovel by group of Chinese medics and removed from the scene.

He wakes up in a makeshift hospital and sees doctors removing his heart while Johnny Vang (Art Hsu) watches. The doctors place Chev's heart in a red cooler with a padlock, and place a clear plastic artificial heart in his chest. Chev passes out. He wakes up, and escapes. He notices a yellow battery pack is attached to him. After a gunfight and the interrogation of a thug, Chev learns the location of Johnny Vang - the Cypress Social Club.


Jason Statham as Chev Chelios

Amy Smart as Eve Lydon

Efren Ramirez as Venus

Dwight Yoakam as Doc Miles

Reno Wilson as Orlando

Clifton Collins, Jr. as El Huron

Bai Ling as Ria

Art Hsu as Johnny Vang

David Carradine as Poon Dong


Critical response has been mixed. The film received an average score of 7.5 with over 6,400 ratings from IMDB users[6] and a 64% from Rotten Tomatoes (a higher percentage than the original). [7] However, Metacritic cited a score of 47 out of 100, based on 12 reviews.[8] Crank 2 failed to score in the box office in its first week, ending at #6 with $6,510,000 in 2223 theaters, although its predecessor only opened with $10 million.


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