14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2011
When you watch a Neveldine and Taylor film, you're signing up for bloodshed, vicious violence, and offensive content mixed with some excellently timed and seriously dodgy off-colour humour.
This is all of the above.
After Jason Statham's relentlessly determined survivor (and professional hit-man) cockney Chev Chelois seemingly died at the end of Crank, this starts in typically absurd fashion, with him being scooped off the tarmac with a shovel no less (see what I mean about the humour?) and bundled into a van. Next thing we know he's surrounded by mysterious bad guys hoping to harvest bits of his anatomy and the madness starts from there.
As fans of the first film will know, these stories are all about perpetual motion - if Chelios stops for too long he'll die. This time it's electricity that's needed, which leads to several gruesome moments, and a fair few very funny ones too. It also means we get non-stop careening from action scene to action scene, with a great deal of swearing and extreme violence. Amy Adams is back as his tolerant, loyal and faintly slutty girlfriend in a great role, and is joined by some of the original cast in roles that are used well, as well as a host of new faces.
Some of the gags are extremely juvenile, but they work because the film wears its colours extremely prominently on its sleeve. Inspired by the style of computer shoot-em-ups, it'll appeal to the same age group and mindset, with gradually increasing levels of bad guys and frequent 'health regeneration' moments.
Statham is hilarious and has a ball as the foul-mouthed sociopathic killer, as he staggers around from gunfight to gunfight followed by a trail of psychotic hookers, bizarre friends and carnage. As a result of the sheer insanity, it's enjoyably unpredictable, but it also makes little sense as a script and is better enjoyed as a crazed, unstable couple of hours of sheer fun.
The film itself isn't as inspired or funny as the first, although it certainly tries to match it for violence, and the set pieces aren't quite as good (especially a rubbish comedy Godzilla-style rip-off moment that looks like it was filmed for afternoon children's TV) but it has one of the most over-the-top endings imaginable. In fact it's hard to see where they could go with it from here. Although isn't that what we said last time...?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2014
Chev Chelios is in an unknown location, sedated, while various Chinese are harvesting his organs. His heart is gone, in an ice chest; a temporary battery powered one in its place.
Chev escapes, calls Doc Miles, who tells him there's only an hour's life in the artificial heart, and to keep it charged.
Chev needs to find his own heart and get to the Doc for a transplant.
He starts his time-limited pursuit of shadowy figures, and his heart........
If a film was ever an acquired taste, then this must be the definition. This film makes the first movie look as serious as The 400 Blows. It's as if Neveldine and Taylor went on a huge bender and in their deepest darkest hour, they came up with this, experiment.
To sum the film up would be extremely difficult, but if you were to imagine, Manga, Looney Tunes, and a little eighties Jackie Chan, you can only just scrape the edge on the bizarreness of what you will see.
But the film works, because you cannot do anything but just go with it. Like a roller coaster, its painful to begin with, but then you get the rush, and just go with it.
Statham is brilliant, and the rest of the characters are pure bonkers.
You'll either think this film is great, or you'll hate it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Crank 2" picks up from the moment "Crank" finished and follows the same furious, crazy, violent, highly-charged pattern of nonsense as the first one. Imagine all the action scenes from a normal movie have been cut together, and all the scenes about plot or mystery have been left out. That's what "Crank 2" is like. Not a minute goes by without somebody being shot or stabbed. It's relentless, and that's really what it's all about.
As well as some more violent and ridiculous moments (as if the helicopter fight at the end of the first film wasn't enough), there are also some very tongue-in-cheek moments that give it a bit of an extra dimension. The surreal bit in which Chev and one of the baddies turn into Godzilla style giant monsters- brilliant. The bit in which one of the incidental characters from the first film re-appears on a psychiatrist's couch, good fun. It's slightly "Austin Powers"-like in the way it twists off and goes very silly in parts. Except of course the gun-fighting, brutal violence and regular nudity is not quite so "Austin Powers"-y.
A very very silly film, but if you want a violent action movie with a sense of humour, this is one of the best (but watch the first "Crank" first).
One day all films will be made like this. Crank 2 is the imaginatively-titled sequel to Crank, following the exploits of seemingly-indestructible hitman, Chev Chelios, as he runs around L.A. murdering every hood and henchman he comes across (and he comes across quite a few).
I loved this film. It's completely stupid. But, at least it knows it is. If you ever saw Clive Owen in `Shoot `em Up' and thought that was ridiculously over the top, well... you haven't seen anything compared to a Crank film.
Jason Statham, as Chelious, has had his heart removed (just after he fell out of a helicopter over Los Angeles) and it's been replaced by an artificial one which needs charging every ten minutes or so. Therefore, as he runs around killing one thug after the next, he has to come up with all sorts of ingenious ways of recharging himself, such as placing his hands on high voltage cables and tazering himself.
That is just a taste of the silliness you will expect during Crank 2. If you think that sounds daft, steer well clear - that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Like I say, Crank 2 knows it's stupid and goes to great lengths to prove it to you. If you're unable to suspend your disbelief, then don't even bother watching this. I have read many a review referring to it as `utter rubbish.' And, they're right - it is rubbish, but it's not trying to be anything else.
It's grotesque, offensive, wall-to-wall daft, senseless rubbish and violence. And it's great.
Sense of humour a must when choosing to watch this.
Bring on Crank 3.
33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2009
Do NOT under ANY circumstances listen to the reviewers who gave this film a poor rating, as these guys were clearly watching a different film to the rest of us Statham fans.
In a nutshell, this film is faster, more action packed, funnier, sexier, grosser, and downright more adrenaline pumping than the original Crank, which was undoubtedly one of the best action films in a very, very long time.
Statham is awesome, hard as nails and far crazier than ever before, which is what every fan wants to see from him, Amy Smart is sexy, funny, and wearing far less clothes than ever before, which is again what every Crank fan wanted to see.
Yes, it's insanely far fetched, yes the story is completely over the top, but thats hoiw it's SUPPOSED to be, and thats what makes these films so damn entertaining. Were the original Crank and Transporter films realistic??? Not in the slightest, and thats part of the appeal.
Without even mentioning the brilliant supporting cast this really is an outstanding action film which surpasses the original (which I didn't think was possible), and is something EVERY crank fan with half a brain will absolutely love.
Get it ordered and get it watched, you'll see exactly what I'm talking about!
on 18 March 2012
Wonderful! I've never laughed so much. Yes there is extreme violence, yes there is continuous swearing, yes there is nudity and public sex watched by hundreds, yes there is superhuman action, yes it's unbelievable and over the top. So much so that it's like reading a comic. And that's the whole point - if you look at it as a film version of a comic - it works brilliantly. Don't take it too seriously, just because it's 'supposed' to carry on where Crank '1' left off. Enjoy it for what it is. It has everything. The triumph of good over evil (relatively speaking), revenge, love interest, humour, everyday life in America (thank God I live in Surrey) - all exaggerated to the nth degree.
on 4 August 2011
I was put off by buying this DvD by all the (Bad press), but i'm really glad i bought it second hand because its the funniest craizest thing i've seen in ages 9.5/10 its total mayhem from the word go and with just a bit of vivid imagination by us who watch it, it will go down well by all who watch it, this film works well in carrying on from where Crank the original finished, if your in the mood for a laugh watch it with friends to get a real feel of how Mad and OTT it really is.
This film has more humour in it that any modern day pretend comedians that are out their, excluding Jim carey whose nuts in most of his Roles.
Anywayzzzzzzz you'll love it,try it you'll like it OK.
on 25 October 2015
Like Crank 1 but better with more cranking-out. If you've seen the first one, you know what to expect and will love it. If you haven't seen the first one then you probably shouldn't even be reading this - go read the reviews for the first film and watch that first before getting this or you might risk being massively offended and disappointed depending on what you're expecting.
This is non-stop absolute carnage with a ridiculous story-line that only exists to string together the endless scraps, shoot-outs and general mayhem that follows Jason Statham around as he once against races against the clock for survival.
on 28 October 2009
This is almost as original as Crank one, but further out there. The Blu-ray has excellent quality with sharp images, good detail and depth, depite the entire movie is shot on consumer grade / Semi Pro HD cameras. Sound is awesome and envolving. Thumps up!
You need to have a sense of humor to see the movie, and Statham is really at his best with a touch of comedy to his roles.
I am 38 years old, - loves movies and I highly recommend you to see this, - but only if you have a sense of humor and do not get offended easily :-)
Or even better: Watch Crank first - if you can take some more, - watch Crank two.
on 19 May 2013
The film itself its a suitably over the top sequel to the original Crank, though without the simplicity of the original's plot. Unfortunately, after replacing an old Sony entry level Sony blu ray player (which played this just fine) with a Pioneer LX55, I discovered it that it does not play, just locks into a broken menu which shows only a tiny square of the movie. It's the first time I have experienced this problem with a blu ray, and I've played quite a few of various ages in the Pioneer, but I see from the other reviews that it's not only this player that has the problem with this particular blu ray.