Posted on 9/15/13 07:04 AM
*The OFFICIAL BETTER THAN DRIVE SEAL*
There are a lot of films that try to pull off the dumb fun genre, and most just come off as plain dumb. However, the Crank series knows how to pull it off. Crank High Voltage begins where the first left off. Chev Chelios is falling to his death. He hits a car violently and dies, or so we think.....A Chinese gang picks up his corpse and steals his heart and replaces it with an artificial one (Yes, this film is outrageous). And then we have our movie.
I wasn't a big fan of the first, but I was willing to give this film a try. Thank god, I went. This is a fun, adrenaline fueled movie that never ceases to be entertaining. The film never takes itself seriously and knows it's dumb. Jason Statham returns to play the role he always plays: a badass who seems invincible. He does well considering this is like his 8th movie where he did this type of role. The film is hilarious too. It has a lot of certain jokes that made me laugh a lot, especially the one involving the gay dude and his tourettes.
Another key thing I liked in this film was the ways he had to survive. In the first, he needed to keep his adrenaline pumping, and he did in lots of strange ways. In here, he repeats some, but those are taken a whole new level. In this film, he needs electricity to survive. Friction, power bricks, you name it, he does it. And when he runs out, they play this awesome cellphone tone that signals he is running low. Boy, he is willing to do crazy things when those attacks come. It also features Keith Jardine (UFC fighter) during one segment.
The only parts I weren't fond of were the villain and his goons. I mean the Mexican guy villain, not the Asians. He seemed like an uninteresting character and the actor seemed to not have fun with this role. Also, while some jokes are hilarious, some are over-the-top so much, I couldn't find it funny. But I was willing to just ignore it and have fun with this film, and I did. Jason Statham was having fun. Amy Smart was having fun. And when the two leads are having fun with the role, it kind of makes you have fun too.
Overall, Crank High Voltage is dumb fun at it's greatest. If you take a movie about a guy, who replaces his heart and needs electricity to survive seriously, stop being so up-tight and enjoy life. Gripes I had were how boring the villains were, and it seems like a repeat of the last film. The jokes were hit-or-miss, but mostly hit. I'm gonna go real high on this based on pure entertainment value. Technically, I give it a 6.75, but since I believe in rounding, I'll give it a 7/10.