I sat down to watch the latest ‘Crank’ offering titled ‘Crank: High Voltage’. I figured that since I liked Jason Statham, and thought that the original Crank flick was entertaining, that part two would at least be an entertaining action flick to zone out on. What I hadn’t planned on or expected was the Troma factor. Crank: High Voltage is like the Troma guys got a hold of it and were given the green light on pretty much anything. For those of you that don’t know who Troma is or what they do, they’re the company responsible for movies like the Toxic Avenger series, and other b-movie creations such as ‘Killer Condom’, ‘Buttcrack’ and plenty of others. Needless to say they are a company that is known for putting out ridiculous b-movies (not that that is a bad thing necessarily). Crank 2′s filming style would best be described as an MTV music video and Toxic Avenger mash-up. It was definitely a surprise that the movie had such a horrible feel to it. I guess they realized the concept that they had was super corny, so they said ‘fuck it’ and took it as far out as possible. It’s also a surprise that Jason Stathom and Amy Smart read the script and decided they’d do it anyway. Then again, I’m sure the money they were offered more than makes up for the short lived embarrassment one must feel from starring in a flick like this.
I have to say that if you liked the first movie, and decide to sit down for the sequel, be prepared for a b-movie. I think that’ll help it go down a little smoother. I still recommend plying yourself with plenty of alcohol though…and might as well bring along some of your friends that are good at shit-talking during movies. *My buddy Cedric comes to mind.
*What’s most surprising is that there looks like there’ll be a third installment of this. :O
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