When the remake of the 1975 cult film Death Race 2000 aptly named Death Race hit the big screen in 2008 it wasn’t one that you would have thought of as a franchise. After the first film hit they decided to go the prequel route straight to home video with 2010’s Death Race 2. Surprisingly that film delivered pretty well and set up great lead in to the previous film, but instead they have crafted a direct sequel for this prequel storyline with Death Race 3: Inferno. Can they continue the fun of the first two films or will it be the one that finally makes it run out of gas?
Death Race 3: Inferno follows Frankenstein as he continues to dominate the Death Race with only one victory away from freedom. When a billionaire takes over the Death Race rites and plans to move it to the deserts of Africa in hopes to expand it globally, he threatens the freedom of Frankenstein and his pit crew. Now they must race to survive not only the race itself, but the new man behind the scenes pulling the strings. Once again they deliver a fun addition to this series. This is easily one of the best and most entertaining action vehicle franchises going right now. The cast do a great job and seem to have good chemistry to bring everything together. They don’t spend time cheesing it up where they so easily could have, but instead keep it to the action and story. The story is simple, but works well to move the story along to tell the story of this Frankenstein. Most of the cast from the previous entry is back which is something you just don’t see much with these straight to video releases which makes it all that more unique. Obviously the real reason to watch these movies is for the car killing action and it does not skimp on the wreckage. While there isn’t as much of the people vs. car as you may want, there are tons of great vehicle demolition sequences that rival any big budget film.
This is a great entry into this franchise and is a lot of fun. It’s not breaking any ground in the action world, but it does deliver some bad ass car action and fighting that is worth checking out. With a great cast including Luke Goss, Ving Rhames, Dougray Scott, Robin Shou, and Danny Trejo there is sure to be someone for everyone here. Add to the fact that this continues its perfect lead towards the original and you will not be disappointed.