Crank: High Voltage
Time Out New York Project: Issue #708, April 23-April 29, 2009
Dirs. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. 2009. R. 96mins. Jason Statham, Amy Smart.
Indestructible badass Chev Chelios (Statham) is back, this time with an artificial heart that needs to be juiced every so often by any electric means available. The ADD aesthetic of writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor is inventive to a fault, as often tiring as it is exhilarating. And the climactic shot of Statham flipping the audience the bird pretty much sums up High Voltage’s juvenile, semitransgressive intentions. Regardless, it’s got the best use of REO Speedwagon since Smiley Face.—Keith Uhlich