At the end of the movie “Crank: High Voltage,” a character looks into the camera and gives a one-finger salute, if you know what I mean.
As a member of the audience, I say, “Right back at ya, dude.”
Back in 2006, Jason Statham starred as Chev Chelios in “Crank,” a violent, bawdy and fun film. It’s about a guy who’s injected with poison. He has to keep his adrenaline going to fight off the drug.
At the end of that movie, Chev is falling from a helicopter, and one assumes his time on this earth has come to an end.
At the beginning of “Crank: High Voltage,” Chinese gang members scrape Chev off the pavement, take him to an unsanitary operating room and remove his heart.
Right away, I’m thinking, what?
He gets an artificial heart that runs on electricity, so he has to keep supplying himself with jolts of power as he tracks down the guy who took his heart.
The original “Crank” shows little concern for the rules of the real world, but the story has a logic of its own that runs from start to finish.
“Crank: High Voltage” is more like a video game. Kill a guy, then the guy gets another life. Ria (Ling Bai), a foul-mouthed prostitute, gets hit by a car, then stands up with a bloody nose. That’s it. Not even an attitude adjustment.
It’s with great pleasure that I give “Crank: High Voltage” the first F of 2009.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
Look for movie reviews in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Thursdays, and listen each Tuesday morning on Wizard 106.7 between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.
M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal