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May 6, 2009

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Movie Review – Crank: High Voltage (2009)

by HELEN GEIB

Crank High Voltage (2009)

Some movies are not worth the time it takes to write a full-length review. Crank: High Voltage is one of them. The sequel to Crank brings back co-writers and directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine behind the camera and Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, and Efren Ramirez in front of it for a movie that is more of the same, only without the cleverness, energy, and whimsicality that made the earlier film so much fun. High Voltage is more remake than sequel, moving anti-hero Chev Chelios through the same scenes writ cruder and meaner and with a newly-present edge of creative desperation.

1/2 star


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  1. Sep 19 2009

    As you can see from some of my takes, I really like Jason Statham. I think he has a likable and believable screen presence. He knows how to move and is great in fight scenes.

    Of of these skills seem to be squandered in Crank: High Voltage. It was very disappointing as you say. Sadly not worth a whole review indeed except to say do not waste your time and please forgive Statham.

  2. Helen
    Sep 20 2009

    And doubly disappointing after the crazy fun of Crank 1. Gamer was also a let-down. Taylor/Neveldine are starting to look like a one-hit wonder.

    I like Statham best as “the transporter.” His straight dramatic performance in The Bank Job is quite good as well.

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