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Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas, aka Frankenstein, is a superstar driver in the brutal prison yard demolition derby known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom for himself and his pit crew, Lucas is plunged into an all-new competition more vicious than anything he has experienced before. Pitted against his most ruthless adversaries ever, Lucas fights to keep himself and his team alive in a race in South Africa's infernal Kalahari Desert. With powerful forces at work behind the scenes to ensure his defeat, will Lucas' determination to win at all costs mean the end of the road for him? Written by
I didn't like the first "Death Race" movie when I saw it years ago. I thought it was inferior to the classic Roger Corman "Death Race 2000" it was supposedly remaking. So you may wonder why I decided to watch this direct-to-DVD sequel. To put it bluntly, I was desperate, wanting some entertainment but unable to find anything better.
Surprisingly, I didn't think this was a terrible movie. It had some good attributes. First of all, the production values are really strong for a direct-to-DVD movie; this one could have played in theaters. Also, the South African locations give the story a colorful and fresh backdrop.
Still, I thought the movie could have been better than it ultimately was. There's not much in the way of story and characters; this is a pretty thin screenplay. Also, the action soon becomes kind of monotonous, not helped by the fact that much of the action looks alike because it's all given quick edits and the action taking place close to the camera lens.
In the end, the movie passes the time, but that's about all, so wait until you've exhausted every better movie choice you have. The only other possible reason some people might want to see this movie is a chance to see Danny Trejo's buns (ewwww!)
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