Crank: High Voltage
Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart
Direction: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
The original made back in 2006 ranks among the most ludicrous movies in recent memory. Sorry to say, but the sequel is much worse. The lithe-limbed Jason Statham reprises his role of the hit-man who must regularly get electric shocks in order to keep his artificial heart from collapsing.
The blitzkrieg of cussedly second-hand combats annihilates our senses. With little plot, plenty of hyper-kinetic lunacy and certainly no heart, High Voltage is just an excuse for ultra-violent mayhem.
There is little in the way of character development or meaningful dialogue, discourtesy the director duo, Neveldine and Taylor, who also penned the screenplay. The film often displays a racist streak, denigrating Asian women in particular. To grudgingly give the actioner some due, Jason Statham executes his stunts with some degree of agility. Otherwise, even video-game aficionados may find it difficult to survive this inane enterprise. Enough endured.