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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This is is a vengeance-fueled tale of monstrous indifference toward human life and all possible dignity; while it's all done as an over-the-top exercise in excessive, stylized "fun," it's hard to imagine the satire being the main thing that audiences take away here.
Violence & Scariness
Constant brutal, bloody violence; characters fall gruesomely from great heights and are shot (with brains, guts, and other gore splattering), beaten, battered, struck with batons and truncheons, stabbed, hit with stun guns and electric cattle prods, and more. Standout moments of extreme violence include the lead character repeatedly electrocuting himself to re-charge his artificial heart; a shootout in a strip club in which a woman is shot in her breast implants (which ooze and leak); the tip of a man's elbow being cut off with a machete as an act of torture; a woman being struck by a car; a man being beaten into submission, then having a shotgun forcibly shoved into his nether regions; a criminal cutting his own nipples off with a knife as an act of atonement, and a character literally burning alive. There's also extensive medical imagery related to the main character's heart condition.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extensive nudity, including countless scenes featuring female breasts; some scenes show male buttocks, and there are even a few moments featuring animal genitalia. Sex scenes include lots of positions, with the participants in front of a massed crowd. Scenes take place in a strip club, where topless women are ogled. They're also seen involved in mortal danger and bloody violence.
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Constant strong language, including (but by no means limited to) "f--k," "motherf----r," 'c--t," "c--k," "c--ksucker," "s--t," "p---y," "p--s," "bastard," "dick," "bitch," "oh my God," "Jesus," "ass," "bulls--t," and more. Slurs like "beaner," "chink," "oriental" and the "N" word are used as well, as are "slut," "whore," "faggot," "vaginal," "gay," "pubes," "wanker," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Some mentions of brands/products -- Mercedes, New Balance, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer, wine and liquor and smoke cigars and cigarettes. A supporting character's home is littered with prescription drug bottles.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gory, envelope-pushing sequel to Crank is packed with grotesque, bloody, how-do-we-top-this? moments of extraordinary violence, conducted with a smirking, smug sense of bad-boy provocation. It ends up feeling a lot like the filmed version of a video game -- a violent, hyper-stylized, over-the-top game along the lines of Grand Theft Auto (i.e. not for kids). The entire movie is soaked in sex, violence, and slapstick -- often combining all three -- but it's hard to appreciate any of the "fun" amid all the grisly gore, partial nudity, nonstop swearing, and other mature content. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Statham certainly deserves kudos for hurling himself into the role, and director-writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor earn a few points for moments of mad invention. (A fight between a hallucinating Chev and a Chinese gangster is shot and envisioned like a monster-on-monster battle from a '70s Japanese science fiction film, for one example.) But familiarity breeds content -- or, in this case, shows contempt; the first Crank may have been shocking, but the only thing shocking about Crank: High Voltage is how far it's willing to go in the name of jolting the audience in pursuit of a quick buck.
The first Crank, for all of its excess, gory violence, and sex-obsessed misogyny, at least had the virtue of being unique, down to the fact that it killed its protagonist at the end of his misadventures. Bringing Chev Chelios back may make sense financially, but it somewhat dilutes the hell-bent-for-madness lunacy of the original film.
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