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Crank: High Voltage (2009)

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Chelios faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

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Chev Chelios survives a fall from the sky, sort of. He's in an unknown location, sedated, while various Chinese are harvesting his organs. His heart is gone, in an ice chest; a temporary in its place. Chev escapes, knowing only the name of the guy with the ice chest. He calls Doc Miles, an unlicensed cardiologist, who tells him there's only an hour's life in the artificial heart: keep it charged. Chev needs to find his own heart and get to Doc for a transplant. He starts his time-limited pursuit of shadowy figures, the ice chest, and his heart aided by Eve, Rei, and Venus - a stripper, a prostitute, and a pal with Tourette's - constantly needing an electric charge to keep going. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for frenetic strong bloody violence throughout, crude and graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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£554,565 (UK) (17 April 2009)

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$13,630,226 (USA) (8 May 2009)
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A rather large organ can be seen on the pelvic x-ray near the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Fish Halman: In a story so bizarre I can scarcely believe the event I'm reporting, and yet corroborated by at least a dozen eye witnesses. A white male apparently fell from the sky above downtown Los Angeles today, landed in the middle of a busy intersection, destroying one vehicle and hospitalising its elderly driver,and then was removed from the scene even before emergency personnel could respond. Without a body the police have yet to piece together the events of the day.It can only be ...
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During the production credits, there was a sequence with Doc Miles giving Chev his heart operation with Dark Chocolate assisting him and Eve looking on while surgery is being done. When the heart was put in, Doc Miles tried to revive Chev with a defibrillator only for him to flat-line. Doc Miles takes Eve away and right when the production credits end, the camera closes in on Chev's burned and bandaged body and his eyes pop open, showing that he is still alive. See more »

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Inferior to the original, but still, a very entertaining action film
25 November 2009 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

During the last decades, a tacit competition to see who makes the most over-the-top, ridiculous and impossible action film seems to have been declared.In the 80's, someone decided to destroy the barrier of credibility and good taste, and that audacious decision opened many filmmakers the door to letting their imagination fly, creating some excellent movies from that genre (like The Terminator), but also some horrible ones (like Rambo III).The curious thing is that both categories are completely exchangeable to the spectators' likes, and while some ones consider the exaggeration as the maximum nutrient to the aficionado of the action cinema, some people consider the realism as something more important, because when the exploits from the hero or the villain exceed the most extreme possibilities from real world, they take the risk of falling into the caricature and the parody, subtracting seriousness, impact and emotion to the story.However, we also have films like Crank: High Voltage, which do not seem to care about the difference between both styles very much.

I enjoyed the film Crank a lot, and now its sequel is also very entertaining, although I would consider it to be inferior.The best elements from this sequel is that it has an excellent rhythm and a good sense of humor.Besides, co-directors and co-screenwriters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor found a very good balance between ridiculous exaggeration and consistence.In other words, there is not even a micro-second of the movie which could be considered as credible...but Neveldine and Taylor show enough discipline not to violate the intern logic from the movie, and not to take us out of it with absurd human feats (this last thing had happened, for example, on the film Shoot 'Em Up).And when we add all that to a very black humor and an amazing visual style, we have a film which does not stop at anything to keep us excited and entertained the whole time.

The fails I found on this movie are on forced moments: the most clear example is the public sex scene between the main character and his girlfriend, but I can also include the appearances from the character with Tourette syndrome and the slightly offensive ethnic babbling from the character interpreted by Bai Ling.

Crank: High Voltage is the closest I have seen to the intensity and involvement of a video-game, because it becomes the experience of cinema into something dynamic and energetic thanks to its spontaneous madness and unpredictable situations.I recommend this film as an exciting and very entertaining experience.


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