Top positive review
Unexpectedly far better than the last movie.
on September 9, 2017
A great action flick can be great with all of the right people to star in it, direct it, write it etc, providing great ideas for the plot, characters, and scenes, and for what it's worth the right resources. In so many respects than not, this movie hit those marks with flying colors thereby offering a far more satisfying and entertaining chapter this time. This chapter delivers on its every promise in spades by upping the ante.
A simple plot summary of the movie: Corporate businessman R.H. Weyland(Ving Rames) gets the rights to Death Race taken over by a rich, young, business opportunist playboy, named Niles York(Dougray Scott). York has epic plans to take Death Race beyond just Terminal Island Prison by taking it globally and also looking for other prisons to bring Death Race to. Carl "Frankenstein" Lucas gets highly affective plastic surgery and makes some secret business arrangements with Weyland. His pit crew of highly talkative but lovable stats boy Lists(Frederick Koehler), his Mexican/Jewish mechanic Goldberg(Danny Trejo), and his smokin' hot Navigator/girlfriend Katrina Banks(Tanit Phoenix) all get wind of Lucas having survived his accident when his Frankenstein mask falls off during a scuffle between his friends and himself fighting off some vicious inmates. Upset with Lucas's playing dead(even though he had no choice in the matter) Lists, Goldberg, and Katrina, are initially reluctant to help him out. Now there is a new sexy hostess named Salinas taking on the show alongside Niles York in the new location in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. The prisoners/racers are all implanted with homing devices so that they don't try to run away. Outside of miles and miles of desert and really rough sand dunes, heavy heat, and other deadly challenges await Frankenstein and company as they race to fight and survive through their such uncompromising circumstances.
What made this chapter so great is the way that this time the makers of this movie decide to get right down to the brass tacks and offer alot more action, explosives, still offering really hot women for eye-candy, much more scenes of racing, naturally, and more drama for the main characters.
Luke Goss and Danny Trejo still deliver on the excellent performances and laughs at times. Frederick Koehler(Lists) was half way decent as always. Tanit Phoenix was gorgeous, very sexy, and put in a much more memorable performance this time around. Even as Ving Rames(RH Weyland) isn't in this movie any more than he was in the last one, his character Weyland at least gets to do more in this movie this time. Dougray Scott(Niles York) was ambitiously evil, conniving, manipulative, energetic, sleazy, and always having his finger on the button both figuratively and literally, making him a villain to contend with. He needed a bit more charisma though.
The action scenes involving a rough and violent race while going through these bright white desert sands without weapons, racing through a town of vicious criminals out to give the Death Race racers a tough time, some anti-Death Race protesters, and just the desperate racing convicts in general of whom are prepared to win even if they feel the need to fight dirty all make for some awesome edge of your seat action.
The fight choreography between Luke Goss(Lucas), Goldberg(Danny Trejo), and 14 K(Robin Shou) among others and these nasty other inmates and the somewhat sexy yet deadly fight between the sexy Navigators was twice as great and exciting choreography.
While the drama between Carl "Frankenstein" Lucas's friends and crew and himself was a bit aggravating as they refused to listen to his good reasons for playing dead, it did make the characters somewhat deeper. Also, as Lucas wanted to do whatever he could to make total amends with them plus all of the things that he does for them at the end of the movie(Don't worry I won't spoil what it is that he does for them), his character remarkably becomes redeemable in a way that he had not been previously.
My only complaints are that just like the last movie the female nudity is barely shown. Also while the gore was improved some it still proved flawed.
In closing, if you are into the first Death Race movie, enjoy watching people race eachother, love lots of action, stunts, and explosions, love looking at sexy and attractive women, if you are a fan of Dougray Scott, Luke Goss, or Danny Trejo, love awesome fight choreography, enjoy character building drama, love added humor, and above all want to just plain have an awesome movie experience that Blu-Ray truly brings to life, then this movie is for you. Recommended. 9 Stars out of 10!!!