Roel Reine's Death Race 2 is the straight-to-DVD prequel of the 2008 movie Death Race. But if you're thinking a straight to home movie can't do the original justice, think again. From the opening scene to the last second of footage, Director Reine made sure to stay true to two obvious ideas: people loved the first film so he had better capture that feeling and that story matters, as Death Race 2 has both amazing action and a pleasantly unexpected story line that you actually care about.
Set in the near future, prison systems are now run by for-profit corporations and as such one of the prisons becomes center stage for the television show Death Match which pits two prisoners against each other in a duel to the death event that is on live television. The producer of Death Match, September Jones (Lauren Cohan), a too sexy and very horny, aggressive women is starting to lose the coveted audience the network boss Weyland (Ving Rhames) must have to be profitable and therefore threatens her job if she can't get the ratings up. Her response is to create Death Race for national audiences.
The movie begins with what proves to be a pivotal couple of scenes that introduce us to two of the key players in the film: Carl Lucas (Luke Goss), a professional hit man, bank robber and bad man, and his "mafia" boss Markus Kane (Sean Bean). After a botched bank robbery, which is filled with exquisite special effects and enough action to satisfy any audience, there is a moment in that madness that is captured in perfect slow motion that is very telling about Carl Lucas and as the action around him is chaotic; his response is worth the price you pay for this film alone.
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