"Crank: High Voltage"
If Crank was the Epinephrine-fueled adaptation of a videogame that never existed, its sequel Crank: High Voltage was a sustained electrical discharge that revived Jason Statham’s Chev Chelios from the dead so he could do more harm to Los Angeles’ criminal underworld. In 2006’s Crank, Statham’s poisoned hitman must keep himself alive with synthetic epinephrine so he can exact revenge on the criminal who injected him with a lethal dose of an illegal Chinese street drug. Chev seemingly falls to his death from a helicopter at the end of Crank. But you know you can’t keep Statham down for long, and so Chev is brought back life in 2009’s Crank: High Voltage to unwillingly serve as a heart transplant donor. Constantly charging himself with electricity to keep his artificial heart pumping, Chev turns Los Angeles upside down in search of his heart’s recipient, David Carradine’s elderly Triad leader. The sequel also sees the return of Amy Smart as Chev’s girlfriend Eve and Dwight Yoakam as Chev’s physician Doc Miles. Crank: High Voltage will enjoy a 10thanniversary screening at 7 p.m. July 27 at the AFS Cinema with co-writer/co-director Brian Taylor in attendance. In addition to Crank: High: Voltage, Brian Taylor co-directed Crank, Gamer, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance with Mark Neveldine. New Austin resident Brian Taylor also wrote and directed the Nicolas Cage-Selma Blair horror comedy Mom and Dad and served as a writer, director and executive producer of the Syfy black comedy series Happy!
Aired: July 25, 2019