Crank: High Voltage

Composed By: Mike Patton

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Crank: High Voltage picks up where the original action film, Crank, left off.  Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) has just survived a fall from a helicopter, only to discover that his nearly indestructible heart has been replaced with a plastic, battery-powered model.  In order to keep himself alive while pursuing Chinese mobster Johnny Vang (Art Hsu), Chev must recharge his heart via the use of friction, placing him in some very interesting circumstances throughout the film.

            The soundtrack of Crank: High Voltage is composed and performed by Mike Patton.  An American composer, singer, songwriter and performer, Mike Patton launched his music career as a teenager by co-founding the band Mr. Bungle in the early 1980s.  In 1989, Patton was chosen to become lead singer of the band Faith No More, recording four albums with them until the group disbanded in 1998.

            While continuing to record albums with his original band, Mr. Bungle, Patton worked on expanding his musical horizons, creating two solo albums in the Composer Series on the Tzadik label and performing vocal effects for the band Hallucination.  In 2005, Patton made his foray into musical scoring with the independent film, Pinion.

            Patton’s diverse musical experience served him well for the creation of the Crank: High Voltage Soundtrack.  Action films require an upbeat soundtrack which adds to the adrenaline rush of the visual effects.  Patton’s creative efforts have resulted in several hard-rocking tracks featuring regular rocking vocals, vocal effects accompanying electronic instrumentals, and more.  Patton also used disjointed noises, accompanied by electronic music, to symbolize a variety of occurrences throughout the film.  All of these techniques serve to enhance the action feel of Crank: High Voltage, adding the required adrenaline rush to the action supplied by the storyline and the visual effects. 

            But while the musical composition of the Crank: High Voltage Soundtrack is perfect as an accompaniment to the film, some film soundtracks are simply not meant to be standalone albums.  Fans of the film may want to purchase the soundtrack and run through the visuals in their mind while the soundtrack plays on their stereo, but folks who have never seen the film will probably not appreciate the intricacies that went into the creation of this soundtrack.  My opinion: listen to and appreciate the music as you watch your DVD copy of Crank: High Voltage.  You’ll get much more enjoyment out of the experience.


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