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CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  95 minutes, making-of featurette, Take 2 featurette, audio commentary, theatrical trailer, digital copy of film

VIDEO:  1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital EX

Subtitles:  English, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Lionsgate/ Lakeshore Entertainment/ @Radical Media

RELEASE DATE:  9-8-2009

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is a man who survived being poisoned by Chinese poison and falling from a helicopter.  He wakes to find himself having his organs harvested.  He has an electric heart that only lasts for an hour before he needs to get it fully charged again.  He is on a hunt across Los Angeles to get back his heart.  Along the way, he creates as much mayhem as he did last time and comes across such characters as a crazy Asian hooker (Bai Ling), El Huron (aka The Ferret) who wants Chev dead, Johnny Vang who is transporting Chev’s heart (or is he?). 

 

CRANK 2 is over-the-top and outrageous as the first CRANK.  Some moments even made me laugh by how over-the-top directors Neveldine and Taylor went.  Dynamic and energetic camerawork sells the movie’s action and humor.  Don’t forget to hang around for the gag reel during the end credits.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Directors Neveldine and Taylor contribute an audio commentary for the film.

 

The two part Making of Crank 2 featurette is over fifty minutes long as it tells how CRANK 2 came to be, the actors involved, the digital video cameras (many of them happened to be very small) and camerawork involved, the crazy acting of Bai Ling, the stunts, editing, and the digital effects work.  It is a fantastic and insightful making-of featurette that any aspiring film student should check out. 

 

CRANK 2 TAKE 2 shows all the shots that show crew members and where the cameras were placed in certain scenes.  Rounding out the extras are the theatrical trailer, previews for other LIONSGATE films (including Neveldine/ Taylor’s GAMER, and a digital copy of the film (on disc 2).  The Blu-ray does have a couple of extras not on the DVD (including a wrap party featurette).

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   CRANK 2 is an energetic and over-the-top action film that will shock you and entertain you.

 

This DVD review is (c)9-10-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com