'Crank 2: High Voltage (Two-Disc Special Edition)'
(Jason Statham, David Carradine, Bai Ling, Reno Wilson, et al / 2-Disc DVD / R / 2009 / LGF)
Overview: When we last saw Chev Chelios (Jason Statham, Cellular) in Crank, he had fallen thousands of feet from a helicopter and landed will full force on the pavement. A good place to wrap up a movie, no? No! So 'Crank 2: High Voltage' finds man of action Chelios literally being scooped off the sidewalk so that his unstoppable organs can be harvested and given to Chinese gangster Poon Dong (David Carradine, Death Race 2000). After having his heart removed and replaced by a new battery-powered contraption, Chev busts out of the operating room and heads off to get his heart back!
DVD Verdict: Take two really, really warped filmmakers (Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor), an action star (Jason Statham) with a finely-tuned sense of the absurd, and a beautiful leading lady (Amy Smart) willing to have sex in public places...VERY public places...and you have the basic ingredients of "Crank 2: High Voltage", a gross yet hilarious trainwreck of a movie than actually succeeds in outdoing the insanity of the original "Crank". To say this film ISN'T for all audiences is an understatement; there is something here to offend nearly everybody! But if you have a 'gonzo' streak when it comes to action films, want to see really cutting-edge camerawork and editing, and don't mind an implausable plot, rampant bad taste and even worse language, you'll have a ball!
The storyline is simple; Chev Chelios (Statham) survived the thousand-foot fall from the helicopter at the end of "Crank", is kidnapped by Chinese who surgically remove his heart (replacing it with a temporary artificial one, until they can harvest his other organs...including his "Big English" attribute), but he recovers in time to beat up the surgical team and escape, spending the rest of the film brawling, shooting, and, uh, other things, while struggling to keep the temporary heart charged, in a race against time to recover his own.
This is a film that even Neveldine and Taylor admits was an excuse to see just how much they could get away with (including legendary porn stars on strike...a climactic fight in slow-motion, wearing caricatured masks...hot passion in the middle of a racetrack, with thousands watching...a talking, disembodied head...David Carradine as a very horny 100-year-old Chinese man...and wait to you see the variety of power sources Chelios utilizes), so keep a very open mind! [BJB] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
Audio commentary with writers/directors Neveldine/Taylor
Crank'd Out Commentary with cast and crew - Bonus View(TM) Picture-in-Picture Mode
"Making of" documentary
"Crank 2: Take 2" featurette
Bookmarks & Blu-line Time Slider
Standard definition digital copy of the film