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Crank: High Voltage [2009] [R] - 10.10.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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In this sequel Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) survived his fall from a helicopter only to have his heart harvested and transplanted into a crime syndicate boss. With an artificial heart running on a battery, he must repeatedly charge it with any available electrical current while he tries to retrieve his own heart. Also with Amy Smart, Clifton Collins Jr., Efren Ramirez, Bai Ling, David Carradine, Reno Wilson and Dwight Yoakam. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 10 - In an extended scene, a man and a woman have sex at a horse race track, with a crowd of people watching and cheering them on: the man and the woman thrust in numerous positions, the woman is seen with bare breasts and bare buttocks and the man is shown with bare buttocks (their pubic regions and point of contact are diffused); when a horse leaps over the woman we clearly see its genitals.
 A topless woman is shot and we see her bare breasts oozes bloodied silicone gel and deflate. We see an exotic dance club in a few scenes with many topless women (bare breasts and buttocks are visible) dancing suggestively while men watch; a few men touch the women and give them money. We see several topless women around a swimming pool wearing thongs that reveal bare buttocks and one woman's pubic region is shown. Several women in various stages of undress leave a house (we see bare breasts, buttocks, abdomens and buttocks) and it is implied that the women are prostitutes. A scantily clad woman at a club has pasties on her nipples.
 A man pulls another man's pants down, dips the barrel of a shotgun in tar, and shoves it in his rectum (we hear crunching and the man moans in pain); the man keeps pushing the shotgun, while asking questions. When armed police officers tell a woman to spread her legs, she spreads them very far apart and she is wearing a very short dress (we see her bare legs almost to the hip).
 A topless woman straddles a man and massages him. A man rubs an ice cube on a woman's bare buttocks, then squeezes and slaps them (she is wearing a thong). A woman jumps on a man's back and kisses his neck, tries to kiss him on the mouth repeatedly and chases after him trying to convince him to have sex with her (he declines the invitation using a crude remark). A woman straddles a man and thrusts against him to create friction (they are both clothed but her short dress reveals thigh and cleavage).
 Scantily clad prostitutes walk along a street (we see cleavage, bare legs and abdomens) as a man drives next to them making suggestive remarks and then invites one of the women into his car.
 In a gay club we see many men dressed in leather and one man wearing a dog collar and held on a leash by another man, and he is whipped on the back (behaving as if he is a dog). A woman repeatedly caresses another woman's bare thighs and kisses her bare shoulder.
 Two men talk about the number of organs that could be harvested from a man, they look at a diagram and one makes a circle around a line drawing of male genitals. A man pulls another man's pants down (we see his bare buttocks). A woman lifts a sheet off a semi-unconscious man in a hospital bed, she looks at his crotch area and remarks about the size of his endowment, and reaches under the sheet. A man is shown wearing only jockey underwear that appears to be soiled. A man sits on a toilet (we see his bare thighs). We see a ferret licking its own testicles and we focus on the testicles.
 A man rubs against an elderly woman, she protests and hits him with her purse. A man rubs against another man's arm trying to create friction (the man pulls away and protests). A man and a woman kiss passionately in a few scenes. A man watches a yoga video that focuses on a woman's clothed buttocks and crotch.
 A therapist is advising and inviting her patient to have sex in increasingly crude terms. Many men and women who are apparently adult film actors protest over wages and make sexual threats to people trying to cross their picket line. A man makes a sexual gesture using his hand and mouth. An elderly woman describes how a man "put his filthy hands over every part of me" and then continues, becoming more crude. A man says that another man has "the gay condition." People talk about a man's lewd and lurid behavior.

VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - A man is ordered to cut off his own nipple (he moans, we see the skin pulling away and we see the bloody hole remaining); he is then ordered to cut off the other nipple (again we see blood, the skin pulling away as it is cut, and the man moans); later we see the man pick up the severed nipples from the bloodied floor and see him with band aids over the wounds. A man swings a machete and cuts another man's elbow off (we see the piece of flesh and blood splatter on the floor).
 We see an unconscious man in an ambulance with his intestines out of his body (we see a pile of slimy, blood covered intestines) and EMTs try to put them back in and revive him.
 A man pulls another man's pants down, dips the barrel of a shotgun in tar, and shoves it in his rectum (we hear crunching and the man moans in pain); the man keeps pushing the shotgun, while asking questions.
 A man on an operating table is semi-lucid and looks around the room while a man removes his beating heart from his chest (we hear squishing, we see blood, tissue and the beating heart); another man in the room flicks cigarette ash in the open cavity in the mans' chest and then spits in it. We see a man's open, bloody chest cavity on an operating table as an organ transplant is underway and paddles are charged and used to start his heart (we see him flinch from the charge). We see a severed head attached to tubs floating in a tank of water (the head moves its mouth and blinks its eyes).
 A man is shot in the head and blood spurts against the wall behind him and next to him. A man is shot in the head and we see skull and matter shoot out of the back of his head.
 Several shootout scenes show many people being shot repeatedly with blood spurting and spraying, many people falling dead and others writhing in pain: One such scene shows a topless woman shot in the chest and we see her bare breasts as they oozes bloodied silicone gel and deflate. A man shoots several men repeatedly (we see blood spurt and splatter and open holes). A man shoots several other men while inside a car (we see a great deal of blood, matter and fabric being blown through the air and the man has blood splattered on his face).
 A man jams a metal rod through another man's chest and we see the rod push out through his back. A man beats another man using straps with hooks on the ends and we see bloody cuts open on his back. Two men with machetes fight a man with nunchucks, one man is struck and falls to the ground and the other is beaten with punches.
 Two men, who look like giant puppets, fight in a high voltage area: one is zapped, the two men continue to fight and throw each other back and into more of the electrical equipment, one man punches the other in the face repeatedly (we see his bloody mouth), and he then lifts a box over the man's head to strike him once. A man punches and kicks police officers who then beat him repeatedly with batons and also taser him. A man tasers many police officers, then punches and kicks them and holds a gun on one. A man punches one man in the face, wraps medical tubing around another man's throat, and stabs the first man in the neck with a hypodermic needle.
 A man punches a man in the face and a woman then hits the semi-conscious man in the crotch repeatedly with a bicycle. Several men hold another man by the arms and another man jams a cattle prod to his testicles (we see him yelling). A man is struck hard on the back with a metal rod (he falls to his knees).
 A man punches another man in the face repeatedly (we see it very bloody). A man is punched hard in the face (we see blood in his mouth). A woman punches a man, kicks him in the crotch, and throws him onto the hood of a car and he breaks the windshield. A woman head-butts another woman. A man throws another man onto the floor (we see blood on the floor next to him but he seems OK). A woman punches another woman in the face (she gets a bloody lip) and the other woman strikes her in the head with a bottle. A boy beats another boy in the head with a steel garbage can, and then strikes a teacher who tries to pull him away. A man holds a gun on another man who punches him in the throat and takes the gun away.
 A man is shown weakened when his artificial heart's battery gets low, and he uses many types of electrical charge to power himself up: He climbs a power pole and grips the high voltage equipment (he is thrown back and onto the ground in flames and we see blistered, burning flesh), he attaches auto jump cables to his nipple and his tongue (he moans), he sticks his finger in a car cigarette lighter, he puts a dog training collar around his neck and punches the zap button, he tasers himself repeatedly, and he grabs two pieces of a high voltage device and is jolted.
 A woman is thrown through the door of a house (she has a bloody nose) and is followed by a man with a knife. Many people are thrown through windows and out of a house, and others run out of the house. A man in flames kisses a woman and we see her in flames too (she screams and runs away). A dog tackles a police officer and bites his crotch repeatedly. Many men and women who are apparently prostitutes protest over wages and make sexual threats to people trying to cross their picket lines.
 A man crashes down onto a car, bounces high into the air and back onto the ground (we see blood on his ear and eye). A car strikes a woman, she is thrown high into the air (her shoes fall to the ground) and we see her later and she appears OK (she has a bit of blood on her nose). A man driving a car crashes into a cement barricade and is thrown through the windshield and onto the street (he moans and has a bit of blood on his face, but is otherwise OK). A man is dragged behind a speeding boat by his feet (he is seen to be OK later). A man tries to grab the driver out of a car, and the driver drives away dragging the man along briefly (he's OK).
 A woman jams a rectal thermometer into a man's rectum (we hear a squish; he is covered by a sheet). A wounded and unconscious man is picked up off the street and loaded into a van. A man slips and falls onto a railing hurting his crotch (he whimpers). A man using a dog-training collar on his dog zaps it several times, and then continues to zap it abusively.
 We see a large surgical scar on a man's chest in several scenes. We see an X-ray of a human pelvis and rib cage in a hospital room. A man says that he has "Full Body Tourette's Syndrome" and he thrashes and flails uncontrollably in several instances (sometimes striking other people).
 Two men talk about the number of organs that could be harvested from a man, they look at a diagram and one makes a circle around a line drawing of male genitals. A boy yells at and is rude to his mother and a man.
 A man urinates off the back of a speeding boat. A woman vomits onto the floor (we see goo). A man has multiple facial piercings and others have body tattoos. A man is shown in soiled shorts. A man flatulates.

PROFANITY 10 - About 144 F-words and its derivatives (spoken and written), 5 obscene hand gestures, 13 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 34 anatomical terms, 18 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 2 derogatory terms for Hispanics, 2 derogatory term for Asians, name-calling (chicken fat, freak, fat, freak, sick), 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol in a few scenes. Men smoke cigarettes in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Organ harvesting and transplants, crime syndicates, murder, greed, revenge, death of friends and loved ones, racism, fear, Karma.

MESSAGE - The will to survive can be almost unstoppable.

Special Keywords: S10 - V10 - P10 - MPAAR

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