Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mike the Boss - Films of 2010 - Film the Third: Crank 2: High Voltage


Crank 2: High Voltage (2009) (dir: M. Neveldine, B. Taylor)

Master of the Dude movie, madkevin, told me I really needed to see this film even though I hated, hated, hated the first one. I ignored him until I saw that it had made Slate's, Ten great movies of 2009 you haven't seen list. The list has a reasonable pedigree to it so I decided to take the plunge (not knowing that Miss Wendy would also be watching it this week). I have to say that this film is dumber that the first Crank, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Jason Statham is back as Chev Chelios. Having survived his fall from the sky in the first movie, he has now had his heart stolen and replaced with a mechanical one that needs to be electrically charged on a regular basis. Strangely enough, not only can you charge this heart with pretty much any kind of electricity (stun guns, high voltage wires, friction from sex) but size of the charge also makes Chev stronger and faster. Like I said, dumber concept than the first.

However, the movie embraces this stupidity and Chev runs around looking for his heart doing increasingly more ridiculous things in order to keep his heart charged up. Any pretext of seriousness or reality has been removed to the film and we are basically treated to a live action Road Runner cartoon. The utter insanity of the situations is hilarious all the way through to the credits. If the first film had this sense of humour, I would have been in far less pain when I watched it.

The final verdict is that madkevin was correct: this is a great Dude movie. You have to turn off your brain to enjoy it properly but if you can manage to do that, Crank 2: High Voltage is some kinda fun.

1 comment:

madkevin said...

NEVER DOUBT ME AGAIN, SIR.