Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy (2018 Video)
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The Good: You know if you are going to make a fourth sequel to a series that people stopped caring about twenty minutes into the first film there are a couple of things you can do. Making sure every frame has sex, violence or large orange fireballs in it is a surprisingly solid approach. This movie is not good but God help us it is entertaining. Everything is over the top from the violence, the music to the casting of porn stars and professional wrestlers.
Other sequels and remakes have successfully taken this tact from Piranha 3D to 2009's My Bloody Valentine remake. While one can miss the mark (Piranha 3DD for example) it is a solid approach. After just sitting through the deadly boring Escape Plan 2: Hades I appreciate Death Race 4's approach even more.
The Bad: You know the film could have been a little meaner. I mean it is a Death Race film. Have the "good guy" kill his girlfriend Keyser Söze style to show he can't be intimidated. That kind of thing.
The movie also has the unseen narrator/announcer thing that I find irritating in movies. You know the kind of silliness that shows up in an Adam Sandler sports film in case someone in the audience can't follow the action by simply looking at the screen.
The Ugly: Speaking of not being able to follow the action does anyone actually know what the plot was supposed to be? Is Frankenstein the good guy or the bad guy in this one? Is this still in a prison? Why are there congressional hearings? What the hell is going on?
In Conclusion: My complaint about the Statham remake was that is missed the point of the original. It had no cartoonish drivers, no casual nudity, it wasn't funny, and no one ran over pedestrians. This film fixes the first three of the four. While it still isn't a proper Death Race film (seriously even the topless starter girl isn't run over) There are worse ways to spend an evening than with pornstars, wrestlers, and large giant fireballs.
The action scenes outside the racing are well shot, flashy and functional. Some scenes are quite inventive with the fight scene with the sledgehammer guy standing out as a highlight.
The story works. As an action film I don't expect too much but it has an above average flow and conclusion. One could pick faults and personal gripes but then the way I'd want it would not be the way someone else would want it so it's ok as it is. To pick one point is the speed in which he falls in love with the bar lady and another would be Frank racing only seven times to build his empire, which would mean it's a monthly occurrence and even then, he's done it all in seven months? The time scale doesn't work out. There would be other plot holes too, without doubt.
Overall, if you want fast action and rowdy degenerate entertainment with decent production values, this could fit that want.
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy is beyond horrible and is the typical straight to dvd quality film. So far, none of the sequels/prequels could not live up to the entertaining action packed Jason Statham Death Race. The plot was tedious. It barely made much sense when there are too many holes in the story. Besides Connor (Zach McGowan) enters the maximum-security prison which looks like it is a quarantined city now. Were convicts can party, drink, have sex, and endless amounts of bloodshed violence. Connor is supposed to take down Frankenstein who is the death race champion. That sums up it about the plot.
The direction is horrible. The acting is stale. The writing is stupid and bad. The action is tedious. Were nothing new is shown. Connor goes into a fighting pit and fights to the death. And an overly long climatic race which is just repetitive and boring.
Overall, Death Race Beyond Anarchy is terrible. There is nothing good to say about it. It is what it is for a straight to dvd movie. Sure, someday there will be a sequel that will be just as bad. But for now, the Death Race movies has yet to improve since the 2008 film.
Thanks for wasting an hour of my life