Mark Neveldine ’95 made news again for another high-action movie -a sequel to “Crank.” A few movies have been produced in the interim for both the writers/directors and their star Jason Statham (“Transporter 3”), but “Crank 2: High Voltage” opened Friday, April 17. Starring Statham again as “Chev Chelios,” the film tells the story of a hit man who was believed to have died at the end of the first movie but who now is in an “electrifying chase through Los Angeles in pursuit of the Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart,” according to a the movie trailer Web site, www.firstshowing.net.
Of the official trailer, Alex Billington wrote, “Not only do I love the style, but this just looks so insane, like nothing else out there, and for that (and more Amy Smart) it deserves to be hyped.” The trailer is available on their site as well as a number of others. The official (and for-adults) movie site is www.crank2.com.
Billington went on to say, “Crank 2: High Voltage is both written and directed by visionary filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the two crazy guys behind ‘Crank’ and the upcoming ‘Game.’ The film was produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and is being distributed by Lionsgate. Mark and Brian shot this entirely handheld with consumer and prosumer digital video cameras, which should make for quite an interesting experience. Crank 2: High Voltage arrives in theaters everywhere on April 17. Get ready for a shock!”
While at HWS, Neveldine, a drama/psychology major originally from Watertown, N.Y., was named to the dean’s list and member of the Statesmen football team. After graduating from Hobart, Neveldine moved to L.A., landed roles in several movies and then worked as a camera operator and director of photography. He has been an actor and director of many plays in New York City and was cinematographer for 2002’s “This Beautiful Life,” starring Ned Beatty.
Neveldine and co-director Brian Taylor were executive producers for “The Great Pretenders” in 2005. Life has been busy and successful for the pair since, with jobs filmed in Hong Kong, Morocco, the United Kingdom, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Together they wrote and directed “Crank,” which was released in the fall of 2006. Their film, “Pathology” opened April 18, 2008.