How do you outdo yourself when you’ve made a cult classic about a poisoned hit man who must keep his heart rate elevated or he’ll die? That’s the dilemma that faced Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the directors of Crank, as they shot Crank 2: High Voltage. How on earth could they surpass the totally stupid and great scenes of Jason Statham having sex with Amy Smart in public … just to stay alive?
Thankfully, it seems like no expense has been spared to make Crank 2 even more awefulsome than its predecessor, as apparently Neveldine and Taylor shot 279 hours of footage — or, for perspective, more footage than James Cameron shot while making Titanic. Of course, Neveldine and Taylor were using consumer digital video cameras, which shoot dramatically cheaper than the film Cameron used, but still: 279 hours? If Crank 2 doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Editing, the Academy doesn’t know what it’s doing.
Thomas Jane Not Jonah Hex; 279 Hours Footage Shot For Crank 2 [/Film, citing Movie Blog]