Crank: High Voltage

April 17th, 2009

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Crank: High Voltage

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Chelios faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.2/10 (52,314 voted)

Critic's Score: 41/100

Director: Mark Neveldine

Stars: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Clifton Collins Jr.

Chev Chelios survives a fall from the sky, sort of. He's in an unknown location, sedated, while various Chinese are harvesting his organs. His heart is gone, in an ice chest; a temporary in its place. Chev escapes, knowing only the name of the guy with the ice chest. He calls Doc Miles, an unlicensed cardiologist, who tells him there's only an hour's life in the artificial heart: keep it charged. Chev needs to find his own heart and get to Doc for a transplant. He starts his time-limited pursuit of shadowy figures, the ice chest, and his heart aided by Eve, Rei, and Venus - a stripper, a prostitute, and a pal with Tourette's - constantly needing an electric charge to keep going.

Writers: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Jason Statham - Chev Chelios
Amy Smart - Eve
Dwight Yoakam - Doc Miles
Efren Ramirez - Venus
Julanne Chidi Hill - Dark Chocolate
Jose Pablo Cantillo - Ricky Verona
Reno Wilson - Orlando
Keone Young - Don Kim
Art Hsu - Johnny Vang
Joseph Julian Soria - Chico
Bai Ling - Ria
Clifton Collins Jr. - El Huron
David Carradine - Poon Dong
Corey Haim - Randy
Geri Halliwell - Karen Chelios

Taglines: Fully charged.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 17 April 2009

Filming Locations: 3451 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,963,565 (USA) (19 April 2009) (2223 Screens)

Gross: $29,953,858 (Worldwide) (3 May 2009)

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Did You Know?

Cameo: [Maynard James Keenan] The man with the control to the electric shock collar is the lead singer of prog-metal band Tool.

Revealing mistakes: When the paramedic stands up in the therapist's office, even before he gets hit by the bullet, you can see a small black hole on the side of his head, clearly showing where the CGI blood/bullet impact is supposed to be.

Johnny Vang: You can't look in that box!

User Review

In short, I liked it.

Rating: 8/10

Let me start off by defending my rating of this title. Really it's hard for me to rate a movie like this, it is directed right at me and my type of people. I can't help it that I like a movie like this, it's just the way it is.

Really this movie is a grind house movie in an era where grind house movies don't exist. It has everything that is unacceptable as entertainment in other movies...and yet you can't stop watching. It's for the most part, balls to the walls, insanity. It doesn't make sense. The reason I don't' that it's not trying to. It knows it's stupid and crazy. And it loves it. It's not trying to impress you. This is a movie that really took control of itself. Typically you'll have a movie with an a-b formula...this is a a-z formula with complete insanity and randomness filling in the interval. You know where the movie is going as soon as you start watching it, it's the ride that excites and keeps you watching.

In short, this movie has violence, action, nudity, homosexuality, disabilities, public indecency and racism. And I have to admit, I liked it.

The one problem I had with this movie is it started so crazy and hilarious that it kind of peaked in the middle. It was just so much that the rest didn't surprise you anymore. I still found it very enjoyable though, and would definitely add it to my collection.

Also I know this review sucks, but this movie is hard to give a serious review to. If you like movies that play out like a GTA video game mixed with a violent Japanese film...then watch it. Just have fun with it.

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