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.
- Country: South Africa, Germany
- Language: English
- Runtime: 136
- Budget: $7,000,000
- Production: Moonlighting Films
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.