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'Crank' turns it up to 'silly'
'Crank' turns it up to 'silly'

Balanced at the point where conceptual brilliance and pure stupidity meet, "Crank: High Voltage" turns its central character into a living embodiment of the action movie dictum: Never stop moving. Improbably surviving the airborne plummet at the end of the movie's 2006 predecessor, short-fused hit man Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is faced again with an imminent need for constant excitement, this time owing to a newly installed but flagging artificial heart that can be recharged only by a direct electric shock -- the equivalent of sticking his finger in a light socket. Every time the movie's heedless onrush threatens to let up, Chev gives himself another jolt. His actual...

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