Death Race 2 (2010)

R  |  Video  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  18 January 2011 (USA)
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Explores the origins of the first "Frankenstein" car driver, Carl "Luke" Lucas, who died in a race at the beginning of the first film.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warden Medford Parks
Big Bill
Danny Keogh ...
Dr. Klein
Henie Bosman ...
Xander Grady (as Hennie Bosman)
Warrick Grier ...
Sean Higgs ...
Hillbilly Con


Explores the origins of the first "Frankenstein" car driver, Carl "Luke" Lucas, who died in a race at the beginning of the first film.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


3 Days. 10 Killers, 20,000 Rounds of Ammo.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, pervasive language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Race II  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Due to Marcus Kane watching Death Race 2000 on TV this shows how unoriginal in the death race universe the idea actually is. See more »


During the scene after stage one of the race is complete, the shot showing the road to the prison shows the prison on the left, at the start of the movie and other shots show it on the right. See more »


Warden Parks: And here I thought we were here to protect society and punish criminals.
September Jones: Then you're dumber than I thought.
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Features Death Race 2000 (1975) See more »


Written by Klayton, Ryan Maginn and Takbir Bashir
Performed by Klayton and Styles of Beyond
Courtesy of FiXT/Position Music
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A very entertaining prequel
20 July 2011 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Death Race was many miles away from reaching the same levels of black humor and intelligence from the original Death Race 2000, but it nevertheless kept me entertained mainly thanks to its main actor and the violent automotive sequences. And even though there did not seem to be too much material for a sequel, the studio Universal did not vacillate to exploit the home market with Death Race 2, released straight-to-DVD. Strictly speaking, this is not a sequel, but a prequel, something which allows a better distribution of the low budget with which it was made. That's the reason why Death Race 2 leaves the stunts for the ending (with one exception), while it skilfully uses the first hour to establish the origin of the death races, as well as the motivations from the villains and the anti-hero. And I have to say that the final result is a very entertaining experience.

The premise from Death Race 2 avoided to become into a simple rehash of Death Race. I particularly liked to see the fact that the "hero" is not an unfairly accused martyr, nor he is trying to prove his innocence. The main character voluntarily participated in a crime with disastrous consequences and his conviction in the jail is justified; that is the way in which the cruelty from the "real" villains is accentuated, because their total lack of conscience is not illegal...just lucrative. Talking about the villains, the cover from the DVD prominently mentions the presence from the excellent actors Sean Bean and Ving Rhames. Unfortunately, my expectations of seeing them interpreting main characters was unfounded, because they both interpret supporting characters who are not seen involved in the action. That is a pity, because that leaves Luke Goss as the main actor by default, and he is a bit insipid and not very charismatic in his role. I would have undoubtedly preferred to have seen Bean or Rhames in that role.

Despite Goss' weak performance, I enjoyed Death Race 2 pretty much because of the screenplay, Roel Reiné's dynamic direction and the delirious scenes of action, violence and big explosions. Those sequences are very exciting and well filmed.

In conclusion, Death Race 2 is a very competent action film with which I took a pleasant surprise, and I recommend it if you are looking for having an exciting and very entertaining time.

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