CRANK 2 Amping Up

Released last fall, Crank was one of those films that was completely unapologetic for what it was- a hyper bit of cinematic pulp with no pretensions of aspiring to be anything else.

Essentially a remake of the classic noir film DOA (1950) on steroids and perhaps an eight ball of cocaine, Jason Statham’s hitman character Chev Chelios had a limited amount of time to find out who injected him with a deadly poison whose effects can only be slowed down by raising his heart rate. Cue a nearly non-stop stream of adrenaline-pumping action sequences as Chelios tries numerous ways to keep his heart pumping fast enough to stay alive long enough to extract his revenge.

And the film’s writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have announced that they’re making a sequel- Crank 2: High Voltage.

Those of you who saw the film are probably wondering how a sequel, featuring the same character again played by Statham, could ever be made, especially considering that Slash Film reports that the new film will begin mere seconds after the close of the first. I think just seeing how the writers manage to work that trick alone will be worth the price of a ticket.

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty years experience writing about film and pop culture. He is a member of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle.
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