Death Race 2 (2011)

A prequel to Death Race.  Follows the story of Carl 'Luke' Lucas (Matt Goss - yes, the guy from Bros) who is sentenced to life at the notorious Terminal Island, which earns money for it's governing corporation through PPV 'fight-to-the-death' style cage fights. When ratings drop, September Jones (Lauran Cohan) suggests a new take on the Gladiator combat - the first Death Race!

Our Rating: 6/10 - surprisingly good for 'straight to DVD'!
Watchability: 7/10 - slow start but gets better
Contributed By: JT
Tagline: 3 Days. 10 Killers, 20,000 Rounds of Ammo.

Release Date: 2011-01-18
IMDb icon 5.6/10
  • Country: South Africa, Germany
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 136
  • Budget: $7,000,000
  • Production: Moonlighting Films
Luke Goss
Luke Goss
Carl 'Luke' Lucas
Lauren Cohan
Lauren Cohan
September Jones
Sean Bean
Sean Bean
Markus Kane
Ving Rhames
Ving Rhames
Weyland
Tanit Phoenix Copley
Tanit Phoenix...
Katrina Banks
Patrick Lyster
Patrick Lyste...
Warden Medford Parks
Deobia Oparei
Deobia Oparei
Big Bill
Frederick Koehler
Frederick Koe...
Lists
Robin Shou
Robin Shou
14K
Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo
Goldberg
Joe Vaz
Joe Vaz
Rocco

So Luke fights off the others to jump into the Shelby - which is a good job, as that is the one car with his little friend Katrina as his navigator, and his friends back at the pit-crew.

The first race goes well, Luke wins it and there's just 6 competitors left - including the bad guy (Big Bill, in the Dodge Ram) who wants the $1million bounty on his head, and 14K (in the Porsche) - who you'll know from Death Race.

For winning the first heat, Luke is taken from his cell by Ving Rhames, and given his 'prize' - a night with Katrina.

Markus (Sean Bean) then arranges a meeting with Katrina, and offers her freedom for taking out Luke.

Warden Parks is booted out for complaining as September gains more power over the events.

Stage 2 - Same action as we lose a few more.  14K gets into a collision with the Russian guy and bravely steps out the car to die honourably.  Luke rolls in to protect him, shunting the other car against a petrol dump.  14K takes out a lighter and destroys the competitor, and now owes Luke a favour.  Katrina tells Luke that she would never betray him to Markus.

About to drop napalm on Big Bill, they find the car's been sabotaged and they are defenceless.  Big Bill is following with a load of missiles.  Luke sends Katrina up and out the car on an ejector seat. Inside a big hangar, Big Bill finally takes Luke out.  The car erupts into flames, all live on camera, Luke is trapped inside and everyone assumes he has died - including Markus.

Big Bill accidentally kills his pit crew with another missile.  The female navigator is sick of his taunts and stabs him in the eye - and then runs him over to squash his brain like a melon -- you know, just to make sure he was dead.

Luke is rushed to hospital, and induced into a coma.  With over 85% of his body badly burned, he is rejuvenated with cutting-edge medical procedures and wears a mask to hide his identity - becoming the first Frankenstein.

Lists finds out that the fat pit crew mechanic sabotaged Luke's car, so takes a knife to him in the showers - earning his place rightfully on Terminal Island.

Katrina calls in a favour from 14K, who sends his ninja assassins to Markus's place to kill him.

Frankenstein takes to the Mustang for the next championship race (14K won the first by being the only surviving contestant) - and Katrina has a feeling that her man is back in body, but with a different soul.  As the race starts, Luke reverses and spears September, leaving the new Governor (Hennessey) to oversee Death Race.  Viewing figures are through the roof.

Random Notes!
How many references to Tottenham/Spurs in the TV newsfeeds??
Our Comments:

* Warning!!!  Do not confuse the Death Race sequels to the TV movie ""Death Races"" like we did - be warned!!  After 10 minutes of watching ""Death Races"" we're convinced it's the worst movie ever made.  In fact it's probably the worst piece of acting ever filmed -- and you can include in that list dodgy Talent Show auditions, Kindergarten nativities, my Grandma's 90th birthday party, You've Been Framed clips ... you get the idea!

Member Comments:

Mark - "That Movie was sick! Some parts are like the old movie, but still amazing like before. WATCH IT."

VVV - "The movie doesn't make sense. Katrina was told to betray Luke and in return get freedom, but she turned that offer down. In Death Race 1 it shows Frankenstein's partner betraying him in return for freedom. Firstly his partners name isn't Katrina in the first part and secondly if this was a 'new' frankenstein getting betrayed then why did Jason Statham refer to Luke as the 'original frankenstein'"

jakesuhr - "So at what point does Katrina leave Frankenstein and Case come in? I mean if I am correct there was not just a new actress but also a new character riding with Frankenstein in the first Death Race even when the first Frankenstein (Luke) was driving. So why did Katrina leave and Case rode with him? Also why was Coach in the first movie but without any explanation was he not in the prequel or better yet I should ask if Goldberg was the pit crew leader in the prequel what happened to him that changed and made Coach the pit crew leader in the first one cause it seems to me those 2 characters (Goldberg and Katrina) were not explained why they were not in the original if you get what I mean going by chronological order not movie order."

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