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Crank 2: High Voltage (2009)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Crank: High Voltage delivers on its promises: a fast-paced, exciting thrill ride that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: Crank: High Voltage delivers on its promises: a fast-paced, exciting thrill ride that doesn't take itself too seriously.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 256,465

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Movie Info

The indestructible hopped-up hitman Chev Chelios, played to the hilt once again by Jason Statham, returns in Crank High Voltage, picking up where the first film left off -- except this time, Chelios is chasing a Chinese gangster who hijacked his heart and substituted it with a mechanical one that needs to be jolted with an electric charge to stay pumping. Back for the fun is Chev's girlfriend Eve ({Amy Smart}) and his physician Doc Miles (Dwight Yoakam), who, as luck has it, turns out to be an … More

Rating:
R (for frenetic strong bloody violence throughout, crude and graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
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Written By:
Mark Neveldine , Brian Taylor
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 8, 2009
Box Office:
$13.6M
Runtime:
Lionsgate - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Crank 2: High Voltage

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (25) | DVD (1)

Yet another D.O.A. for the ADD era.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

In Crank: High Voltage, Statham just looks miserable, as if appearing in this lousy picture just sucked all the heart right out of him.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
Salon.com
Top Critic

Crank: High Voltage, starring Jason Statham as a man with a machine instead of a heart, is boorish, bigoted and borderline pornographic.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Tasteless, trashy and totally over the top, Crank: High Voltage might also be one of the year's most inventive movies. Sometimes, nothing exceeds like excess.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The movie feels like a form of aversion therapy designed to take the fun out of dumb.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's so amped up that High Voltage suffers its own energy shortage well before the finale. It's also every bit as stupid as it sounds.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Plays it to all heights if idiocy where suspense of disbelief is no longer an instrument to the entertainment.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Feels like shock for shock's sake instead of something morbidly inventive like the first one.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Cinematical

Copping to how unrealistic your movie is by excusing it (no, no, it's a video game!), rather than running with it, is a mistake that Taylor and Neveldine never recover from.

Full Review… | November 9, 2009
Examiner.com

...an agreeable companion piece to its admittedly superior predecessor.

Full Review… | November 7, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

Waking up in the aftermath of a meth-lab explosion might be less disorienting than watching this. And if you think there's no room for more, Neveldine/Taylor are probably a weekend and a bag of crack-filled Pixie Stix away from proving you wrong.

Full Review… | October 15, 2009
Suite101.com

See this f%$&*ing movie, mate.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
KyleSmithOnline.com

Basically the co-writers and co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor sneer at any kind of rules, decorum or morality. Anything goes, as long as it's within the realm of exploitation-level "B" moviemaking.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Both exhilarating and exhausting, it falls just short of a fever pitch.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009
Suite101.com

Click for full review

Full Review… | May 10, 2009
Movies for the Masses

...just as sloppily caffeinated as before, with an extra layer of scummy race jokes.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Sacramento News & Review

The only shocking thing about it is how dull and predictable the whole enterprise is.

April 24, 2009
Salt Lake Tribune

Adrenaline-propelled and outrageously offensive, it's a cinematic video game that's neither coherent nor credible.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
SSG Syndicate

Grisly, gory, over-the-top action-parody isn't for kids.

Full Review… | April 22, 2009
Common Sense Media

What you really get here is the same movie all over again -- only more so.

Full Review… | April 22, 2009
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The directing and writing team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have between them a boundless imagination, constantly topping one absurdly overstated moment with another, even more absurd.

Full Review… | April 22, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Bigger, dumber and even sicker than the rotgut original... I had a blast, but don't say you weren't warned.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
Philadelphia Weekly

So gross, brutal and just plain bad that I may never want to see another Jason Statham movie.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
jackiekcooper.com

Crank: High Voltage is a real celebration of the phrase "Why not?". It's big, loud and brainless - and it's all the more glorious for it.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
SFX Magazine

The constant escalation to [the filmmakers'] inventive insanity is so breathtaking, it's like a slap in the face to the tired hacks who make the glossy hidebound junk that passes for an action movie these days.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Crank 2: High Voltage

½

Fast-paced, adrenaline-filled and out-of-place at times. The Neveldine/Taylor combination are back at it with Crank 2: High Voltage, but it's a slight slump from it's predecessor, with the amount of lackluster material that tends to wander off the subject. Regardless, it's still a somewhat-decent, junkie-filled action picture. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

High octane isn't the word with this flick, 'Grand Theft Auto' on speed with a firecracker up its arse more like haha.
This is pure and utter mayhem from start to finish, it IS a computer game, guns, guns, big guns, tits, ass, naked girls, more tits and ass, bullet wounds, graphic sex n violence, swearing to the max, unreal situations, gangs, knives and a whole load of shaky cam work.

But don't be put of as this is a good pile of adrenaline soaked in petrol, its totally crazy and yet extremely fun. The stupid plot is lost as you stare wide eyed at the carnage unfolding before you, the film never lets up for one sec as you move from one nipple slicing sequence to the next (the over the top graphic novel style violence does remind me of 'Robocop'). Statham really excels here too, his rough cockney image blends so well in the melting pot of LA (you wouldn't think) and his grizzled appearance does go down in cinema character history along side other classics's such as 'Snake Plissken'.

Apart from a rather quick and unexpected ending which is a shame this is great fun with plenty for all pervs and gun nuts hahaha much better than the first outing.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Gleefully offensive, satirical, brutally violent, racist, and hectic. One of the most insane, irreverent, and politically incorrect films I've ever seen.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

Crank 2 has even bigger balls than the first. Making a sequel was a risky concept, seeing as he died in the first film and all but then it's not really a film that takes itself too seriously. I love the dialogue, the snappy editing and the quirky interruptions. It's the logical progression of the action film in my mind, give me this over the expendables every time. Some of it is bad taste but very little, the sequel is sillier than the first but all the better for it. Surreal band brilliant, Jason Statham at his best. There is something good about a cockney roaming around LA calling people C**nts. All that said, the third has to be something amazing in order for the franchise to continue.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Crank 2: High Voltage Quotes


Rai: You are my shiny lunchbox.
– Submitted by Rose F (4 months ago)
Chev Chelios: I lost the belt battery, doc Doc Miles: How long ago? Chev Chelios: Over an hour. Doc Miles: Jesus Christ, that's not fucking possible, Chevy! You should be dead, fine, nevermind.
– Submitted by Alec L (18 months ago)
Rai: You want sticky me?
– Submitted by Alec L (18 months ago)
Doc Miles: Confucius say 'Karma's a bitch.'
– Submitted by Grant H (2 years ago)
Chev Chelios: Just juice me.
– Submitted by Grant H (2 years ago)
Chev Chelios: Tiger Fucking Woods. Never better. Greatest day of my fucking life.
– Submitted by Grant H (2 years ago)

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