Balanced at the point where conceptual brilliance and pure stupidity meet, Crank: High Voltage turns its central character into a living embodiment of the action movie dictum: Never stop moving.
Improbably surviving the airborne plummet at the end of the movie's 2006 predecessor, short-fused hit man Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is faced again with an imminent need for constant excitement, this time owing to a newly installed but flagging artificial heart that can be recharged only by a direct electric shock -- the equivalent of sticking his finger in a light socket. Every time the movie's heedless onrush threatens to let up, Chev gives himself another jolt.
His actual ticker -- what the unrepentant Cockney refers to as his "strawberry tart" -- h...
Yet another D.O.A. for the ADD era, Crank: High Voltage rewards the sizable cult audience of 2006's Crank with more of the same, only stupider. Returning writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor continue their proudly immoral cartoon tale of adrenaline-fixed assassin Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) in a crudely ultra-violent manner that looks less like self-parody this time than pure paycheck-grabbing. Lionsgate sequel's sense of diminishing returns won't get in the way at the B.O., where benefits of the first film's ancillary gross-out will jolt "Voltage" like a speedball shot to the groin, until word of mouth spreads like an STD.
Notable for being perhaps the first pic to feature an anal rape by shotgun (among countless other atrocities), this p...
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