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Crank: High Voltage (2009)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  17 April 2009 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crank 2  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£554,565 (UK) (17 April 2009)


$13,630,226 (USA) (8 May 2009)

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Did You Know?


Just before Chelios rips open the sidewalk electrical box, you can see the 5-star "Obey" logo popularized by Shepard Fairey, the artist who drew the emblematic "Hope" poster of Obama. Fairey got his artistic start with graffiti and by putting up stickers like Obey all over urban landscapes. See more »


On Catalina Island: during the shooting there is a low angle shot under a beach chair. You can see the cabling for the squibs which where used a few seconds earlier for the Bulet impacts in the same chair. Also the you are able to see from the form of the impacts that webbing was destroyed from the button up rather then from the top as if a bullet had hit it. See more »


[first lines]
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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References Chappelle's Show (2003) See more »


Sweet Cream
Written and Performed by Mike Patton & Jel
Courtesy of Ipecac Recordings & Anticon
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User Reviews

In short, I liked it.
18 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me start off by defending my rating of this title. Really it's hard for me to rate a movie like this, it is directed right at me and my type of people. I can't help it that I like a movie like this, it's just the way it is.

Really this movie is a grind house movie in an era where grind house movies don't exist. It has everything that is unacceptable as entertainment in other movies...and yet you can't stop watching. It's for the most part, balls to the walls, insanity. It doesn't make sense. The reason I don't' mind...is that it's not trying to. It knows it's stupid and crazy. And it loves it. It's not trying to impress you. This is a movie that really took control of itself. Typically you'll have a movie with an a-b formula...this is a a-z formula with complete insanity and randomness filling in the interval. You know where the movie is going as soon as you start watching it, it's the ride that excites and keeps you watching.

In short, this movie has violence, action, nudity, homosexuality, disabilities, public indecency and racism. And I have to admit, I liked it.

The one problem I had with this movie is it started so crazy and hilarious that it kind of peaked in the middle. It was just so much that the rest didn't surprise you anymore. I still found it very enjoyable though, and would definitely add it to my collection.

Also I know this review sucks, but this movie is hard to give a serious review to. If you like movies that play out like a GTA video game mixed with a violent Japanese film...then watch it. Just have fun with it.

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