For those of you who always wondered how the death race in Death Race began, it seems that Death Race 2, which comes straight to DVD and Blu-ray on January 18, will hold the answers you desire. From director Roel Reiné, the film stars Sean Bean, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo and others. Besides the fact that it doesn’t have Jason Statham or Joan Allen in it, this sequel – even though it’s direct to video – looks right in line with the action, budget and effects of the first film. If you were a fan, check it out after the jump along with a plot synopsis and cover art.
Thanks to Shock Till You Drop for the trailer.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Death Race 2 takes place in the very near future, as the United States economy begins to decline and violent crime starts to spiral out of control. To contain the growing criminal population, a vast network of for-profit, private prisons springs up, creating a lawless subculture ruled by gangs, cold-blooded killers and sociopaths. The worst of these prisons is Terminal Island, where inmates fight each other in a highly rated televised death match, where there are no rules, and the winner is the one who survives the gladiator-style, no-holds-barred competition. Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas (Luke Goss) arrives on the Island to serve his life sentence just as ruthlessly ambitious television personality September Jones evolves the death match into the ultimate reality show – Death Race. A brutal prison yard demolition derby that pits prisoners against each other in steel reinforced, heavily armed vehicles, Death Race offers the winner the ultimate prize: freedom — if he can survive to enjoy it.
So what do you think? Stupid direct to DVD crap or possibly fun?