Carl has survived Death Race 2, and now must survive new ownership of the Death Race franchise. With the new owner syndicating the show worldwide, Carl and his crew find themselves transferred to an African prison where they will once again fight for their lives. This time, in a lethal desert duel with new cars and opponents.
Luke Goss (Carl Lucas), Ving Rhames (Weyland), Danny Trejo (Goldberg), Dougray Scott (Niles), Fred Koehler (Lists), Tanit Phoenix (Katrina), Robin Shou (14K), Jeremy Crutchley (Psycho).
Death Race 3: Inferno begins with some backstory on Death Race before jumping to the shift in ownership of the franchise from Weyland to Niles. From there we find that Niles is a money hungry slimeball who will stomp on anyone in his quest for power. The question is whether Lucas is willing to play along, or if he has an agenda of his own. With new cars, new opponents, and a few new twists this one ends in a photo finish that creates a nice setup for another entry in the franchise.
Acting was as good as it gets in this series with Goss bringing his usual cold demeanor to the dual Lucas and Frankenstein role. Rhames was on top of things but seriously underused in this one. Trejo, Kohler, and Phoenix were fun as usual. Scott was a nice addition and played the antagonist very well.
Camera work was a bit rough in this one with fast switching shots that made some of the action impossible to follow, apparently done during physical action scenes to avoid showing much detail. Sets and backgrounds were fairly well done and fitting. Physical effects were numerous but as mentioned, hard to follow due to camera work. Dialogue was minimal but good, as was sound and soundtrack.
Overall Death Race 3: Inferno is a decent entry in the franchise and is fairly consistent with previous films, adding slightly more drama. Fans of the series so far will likely enjoy this one, as will those new to Death Race.
With some sexuality, violence, foul language, and adult themes save this one for older teens and above.
Death Race 3: Inferno is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genres: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sports Movies, Action Thrillers, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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