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Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy (2018)

Duration1h 51m
RatingsUK: PG, USA: R, Denmark: 15
Source of storyA screenplay piggybacked on the previous Death Race environment and characters.
DirectorDon Michael Paul
Writers/ScriptTony Giglio, Don Michaerl Paul – story Paul W.S. Anderson
StarringLucy Aarden, Danny Glover, Fred Koehler, Christine Marzano, Zach McGowan, Danny Trejo,
RatingsIMDb: 5.2/10 by 4594 people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 0% by 2 reviewers. Review2view: 3/10.

Summary: Some time in the future the Weyland Corporation continues to administer “The Sprawl” a walled dystopian prison city containing 400,000 inmates and led by the Death Race champion Frankenstein.  The Death Race is a televised money maker for the company. However they wish to depose Frankenstein, and so send in an agent Connor Gibson who poses as an inmate and takes part in a series of violent competitions in order to qualify for the race. He is helped by Baltimore Bob, the expert car fixer and abetted by a number of nubile young women, one of whom will be his co-pilot in the race. When it comes to the race Frankenstein is aware of his intent, so if he loses he will die.

Content: Some fairly graphic sex and a lot of unclad and partially unclad ladies. More or less continuous extreme violence with many scenes of people being terminated with big hammers and on one occasion with chainsaws. Some time spent preparing Gibson’s race car, and then the race itself which goes on a bit, and involves armed spectators as well as the weapons with which the cars are equipped. Some discussion amongst the management on how to terminate Frankenstein, who is masked more or less throughout.

 A View: I have sort of collected the Death Race franchise, and so had to watch this outing, but to be honest it was extremely unpleasant, with lots of absolutely pointless violence and nudity. During the qualification races all the losers were killed which surely would put others off from competing. The first two acts were so graphic that many people would not have stayed for the finish which was a bit better. There are signs of “Escape from New York” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” in the presentation. There is a almost a film in there but for most of us, not a watch, even for nothing.

This is one of the many dystopian future films. Three of the lesser known movies of this type which have been reviewed on this site are: Seeking a Friend at the End of the World, Children of Men and Soldier.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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