Death Race: Beyond Anarchy review by Bobby Blakey
In 1975 mega producer Roger Corman delivered one of the most over the top ideas for a film to the big screen with Death race 2000 directed by Paul Bartel. Years later they remade the film with 2008s Death Race and its sequels Death Race 2 and Death Race: Inferno. Now Universal is bringing another chapter to the franchise home with Death Race: Beyond Anarchy starring Zach McGowen, Danny Glover, and veterans to the franchise Danny Trejo who joined in the second installment and Fred Koehler who has been with the new franchise from the beginning, but does it offer up more of the car demolition fun or will it stall out before starting the race?
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy follows Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson who infiltrates a super-maximum federal prison with one goal - enter the immoral and illegal Death Race and take Frankenstein down after a failed attack on the legendary driver. Connor enlists the help of Baltimore Bob and Lists, and unexpectedly falls in love with bartending beauty, Jane. Connor will have to fight for more than his life in this brutal world of no guards, no rules, no track, and no fear. With sequels like this you never really know what you are going to get, but with this franchise all you really hope for is some great mayhem and this film delivers.
The second film in the series took the franchise in a different direction as a prequel and since each film has built on that premise towards the 2008 film. This chapter does a good job at furthering that story right up to the place where the first film took place. New star to the franchise Zach McGowen does a good job bringing the action star vibe needed to carry the film while still being likeable and kicking some major ass. Trejo, Gloer and Koehler make for a great team and the perfect pit crew for McGowen. While the big race doesn’t take place until the end of the film there is plenty of old school practical action offering up car carnage, fight sequences and motorcycle action that will no doubt please the action junkies out there.
This film isn’t bringing anything new to the action world, but the old school action and mayhem is the perfect popcorn movie for action fans. It is a great entry into this fun franchise and I hope it isn’t the last one we see. This new release not only includes the film but offers up a chaotic amount of bonus content including commentary and featurettes that take you further behind bringing the latest chapter of this car mayhem franchise to life.
Join the race and grab your copy of Death Race: Beyond Anarchy when it hits On Demand, Blu-ray and DVD on October 2nd from Universal Home Entertainment.