Crank: High Voltage, the follow-up to the 2006 action film Crank, is evidence that any movie can have a sequel, even if the main character, who was in every scene of the first film, has been killed definitively and finally in the last frame of the first film. Somehow, falling out of an airplane high above Los Angeles and landing crushed on the ground, on camera, has not slowed down hitman Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) very much; as the tag line on the movie poster says, "He was dead...but he got better." Enough better, it seems, to return to headlong and heedless pursuit for another nonstop adventure. To accompany that audacious endeavor, former Faith No More singer Mike Patton comes up with lots of short cues -- 32 of them in 55 minutes -- that necessarily attempt to keep up with the raging, not-yet-dead protagonist. Most of them, not surprisingly, are set at breakneck tempos, but Patton slows down here and there to savor the ethnic flavors of L.A., including Mexican ("El Huron") and Japanese ("Triad Limo," "Massage Parlor") elements. Most of the time, however, the music is driving electronica with passages of heavy metal and punk rock. That's the sort of thing called for in a film that isn't so much over the top as beyond any reasonable considerations of verisimilitude, right from the get-go. It's movie-making as rollercoaster ride, and Patton has provided music to enhance the experience.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann