Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy (2018 Video)
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The Good: You know if you are going to make a fourth sequel to a series that people stopped caring about twenty minutes into the first film there are a couple of things you can do. Making sure every frame has sex, violence or large orange fireballs in it is a surprisingly solid approach. This movie is not good but God help us it is entertaining. Everything is over the top from the violence, the music to the casting of porn stars and professional wrestlers.
Other sequels and remakes have successfully taken this tact from Piranha 3D to 2009's My Bloody Valentine remake. While one can miss the mark (Piranha 3DD for example) it is a solid approach. After just sitting through the deadly boring Escape Plan 2: Hades I appreciate Death Race 4's approach even more.
The Bad: You know the film could have been a little meaner. I mean it is a Death Race film. Have the "good guy" kill his girlfriend Keyser Söze style to show he can't be intimidated. That kind of thing.
The movie also has the unseen narrator/announcer thing that I find irritating in movies. You know the kind of silliness that shows up in an Adam Sandler sports film in case someone in the audience can't follow the action by simply looking at the screen.
The Ugly: Speaking of not being able to follow the action does anyone actually know what the plot was supposed to be? Is Frankenstein the good guy or the bad guy in this one? Is this still in a prison? Why are there congressional hearings? What the hell is going on?
In Conclusion: My complaint about the Statham remake was that is missed the point of the original. It had no cartoonish drivers, no casual nudity, it wasn't funny, and no one ran over pedestrians. This film fixes the first three of the four. While it still isn't a proper Death Race film (seriously even the topless starter girl isn't run over) There are worse ways to spend an evening than with pornstars, wrestlers, and large giant fireballs.
The action scenes outside the racing are well shot, flashy and functional. Some scenes are quite inventive with the fight scene with the sledgehammer guy standing out as a highlight.
The story works. As an action film I don't expect too much but it has an above average flow and conclusion. One could pick faults and personal gripes but then the way I'd want it would not be the way someone else would want it so it's ok as it is. To pick one point is the speed in which he falls in love with the bar lady and another would be Frank racing only seven times to build his empire, which would mean it's a monthly occurrence and even then, he's done it all in seven months? The time scale doesn't work out. There would be other plot holes too, without doubt.
Overall, if you want fast action and rowdy degenerate entertainment with decent production values, this could fit that want.
Where Beyond Anarchy excels is in it's stunt cinematography, and the racing is no longer confined to a remote prison location, this time taking place out in the open, like in Roger Corman's original Death Race 2000. The look and feel of the film also has something of an anarchic, Mad Max vibe to it, although it wears it's influences on it's sleeves.
With that said, Death Race: Beyond Anarchy got very little exposure, even for a direct-to-video film. But it's cheap entertainment that will keep you relaxed and glued to your screen throughout it's two-hour runtime.
The corporation decides to send a black-ops guy pretending to be a convict to kill Frankenstein. The guy arrives and has the guts to challenge Frankenstein a couple of times from the get go and hooks up with the pretty bartender and meets Bob who sees in him the challenger he needs. New guy Connor has to survive the death pit first where the winner gets to participate in death race. Why he deserves to be in the death pit who knows, but of course he beats his opponents, a little too easily. With that, Bob, List, Connor, and bartender set up their racing team to beat Frankenstein.
Problem is that before the race, Frankenstein lets everyone know about Connor's identity and intentions which puts a strain on the relationships among Bob's team but it's not enough to split them altogether. Now the race is on and there are a couple of surprises.
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy is the Death Race you want. Well-done, violent, gory, with good metal music, and with nice nudity. The problem here is that Frankenstein is the (likeable) villain, even though he's the who keeps the jail from falling into anarchy. Of course the race itself allows for anarchy. The movie is a bit too long, focuses too much on the new uncharismatic lead, too little on Frankenstein and nearly nothing at all on the other contenders of death race. The race itself could have used more attention and mayhem. Given the running time the crew should have used the time more wisely to give us more action, more violence, more nudity and perhaps less attempts at drama, which don't work because of the poorly cast lead. Otherwise, Death Race: Beyond Anarchy is a strong improvement in the franchise and hopefully will set the tone for future entries.
The storyline in this 4th movie in the franchise is basically the same as every other movie. There is a Death Race to be participated in - and won by the protagonist, of course - just like every other movie in the franchise. So on that account, there is very little variation.
There is variation in the cast, the vehicles, the track and the spectators though. I will say that some of the vehicles in the movie were actually quite cool, and definitely had that "Carmageddon" feel to it, which was the reason why I started watching these movies in the first place, so it is enjoyable that they continued on with this streak.
As for the characters in the movie. Well, let's just say that they tried, with some of the characters at least. They tried to give at least the main character a background story, albeit a very simplistic and essentially a non-important one. While all other drivers, like in the other movies, were just drivers with different vehicles, different names and different appearances.
There is a fair amount of racing in the movie, and they managed to pull it off quite nicely. Because it does feel like it is high-speed and full of adrenaline, which added tremendously to the overall enjoyment of the movie.
However, it is the simplicity of the storyline and the characters that keep the movie in the gutter of mediocrity. My rating of "Death Race: Beyond Anarchy" is a flat and mediocre 5 out of 10 stars.
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy is beyond horrible and is the typical straight to dvd quality film. So far, none of the sequels/prequels could not live up to the entertaining action packed Jason Statham Death Race. The plot was tedious. It barely made much sense when there are too many holes in the story. Besides Connor (Zach McGowan) enters the maximum-security prison which looks like it is a quarantined city now. Were convicts can party, drink, have sex, and endless amounts of bloodshed violence. Connor is supposed to take down Frankenstein who is the death race champion. That sums up it about the plot.
The direction is horrible. The acting is stale. The writing is stupid and bad. The action is tedious. Were nothing new is shown. Connor goes into a fighting pit and fights to the death. And an overly long climatic race which is just repetitive and boring.
Overall, Death Race Beyond Anarchy is terrible. There is nothing good to say about it. It is what it is for a straight to dvd movie. Sure, someday there will be a sequel that will be just as bad. But for now, the Death Race movies has yet to improve since the 2008 film.
respect for Frankenstein in their exchange. The bartender, Jane, connects Connor with Baltimore Bob who also witnessed his fight. Baltimore Bob takes Connor around the prison and they discuss the Death Races. kinda like Ian McShane character in first Death Race that's Danny Glover character. he is not too old for this race. Goldberg (Danny Trejo) who came back from last 2 Death Race films. he is living in Mexico watching Death Race match's so he is their all time he doesn't do much besides smashed guy head towards blackboard he does good but i wished he could been lead star to be in death race. Jane (Christine Marzano) known Seven Psychopaths. she gets to know Connor then they got into a relationship. after Connor asks Bob to be in Death Race he faces the Butcher in His qualifying match is a footrace to a tower. then Connor wins
gets in Death Race. now i thought action scenes are well done made you do kinda see little bit of fake CGI but strange because another 2 Death Race films don't have Fake CGI. expect for this a little, nothing kills movie for it. this has a lot of Mad Max style and Giant Police car as well, with all crazy people like in Escape from new York or Doomsday whatever you wanna call it. this has a lot of action, gore, a lot of nudity, girls, a lot of car smashing, explosions. it's a fun ride as well nothing bad about watching this movie at all. it has a lot of action
it's fun ride B Movie it's a great B Movie nothing boring watch the entire film it's full. director Don Michael Paul, who has directed Half Past Dead with Steven seagal, Sniper Legacy, Sniper: Ghost Shooter, Kindergarten cop 2 Lundgren, now i think this is his best direct to DVD film he did, but i wished this was a decent budget with better writers and better director but director is not best anyway but he still did good job doing this movie. this is full on gore, sex, nudity, violence. everything in this movie you will enjoy 10.10 this is much as i can say about this movie it's a fast pacing that's all their is sex, nudity, gore, violence, great cars, lovely action scenes that will be hell of ride at edge of your seat !