Gamer ★★★½

So this lies somewhere in-between the two CRANK movies on the 'how serious are Neveldine/Taylor with the unsavory elements of their films' question. That this film is a critique of violence and misogyny in culture, specifically the video game culture the CRANK films grew out of and appeal to, is obvious, which lends credence to the notion that CRANK 2's ridiculousness is meant to be self-critical. On the other hand, the heavy-handedness of the parody presented here would seem to indicate that if N/T wanted CRANK 2 to be satirical, they would have been much more obvious about it, as they seem to lack any interest in subtlety of any kind. It remains a subject for further study.