Chev Chelios has his heart removed and replaced with an
artificial one that he must keep electrically charged at all times.
Crank: High Voltage (2009)
Written and Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
Starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam,
Efren Ramirez, Art Hsu, Bai Ling, Clifton Collins Jr.,
David Carradine, Keone Young, Joseph Julian Soria, Corey Haim
Sequel to 2006's Crank
I thought the first Crank was the craziest action movie of all time. Holy hell, was I wrong! Crank: High Voltage actually manages to top the first film in terms of over-the-top, impossibly ridiculous action sequences and super cheesy, practically stupid dialogue. It's like the script was written by someone whose only window into the human experience was Grand Theft Auto. But I don't care. With a film like this, the script and realism are secondary at best. We're here to watch Jason Statham do some high octane, crazy s**t and walk away unscathed as he pumps lead into nameless gangsters. Who's with me?
After surviving a drop from a helicopter, Chev Chelios (Statham) is kidnapped by the Triads and has his heart removed. It is then replaced by an artificial heart that must be constantly charged with electricity, meaning Chelios gets into some insane situations trying to charge his body with electricity. From an electric dog collar to hugging power lines, there's no end to the insanity. While I still found the first film more enjoyable and (dare I say it) realistic, I enjoyed Crank 2 for what it was. A no holds barred thrill ride made for fans of the first one. There's nothing wrong with the occasional nonsense movie.
The Crank films are Jason Statham at his most quintessential. They represent everything we love about one of Hollywood's most prolific action stars. He's Cockney, he's crazy, and he does his own stunts. What more can be said? This film pits Statham against some unbelievable scenarios that are equal parts hilarious and horrifying. It's easily worth a watch just for the shock value.