Gods forgive me, I saw Death Race: Beyond Anarchy on Netflix the other night.
I have a soft spot for Death Race 2000, despite never actually seeing the full movie; I’ve seen parts of the Jason Statham “reboot” of Death Race, and Roger Corman’s Death Race 3000 (which is, surprisingly, a remake of Death Race 2000 and not a sequel). I’m intrigued by the (often very light) social commentary these movies try to use to frame Carmageddon but for realsies.
Beyond Anarchy could have easily not been a Death Race movie. It doesn’t follow the plots of either 2000/3000 or the Statham reboot. A chunk of America has been converted to Prison: The State (called The Sprawl), and Death Race happens in there: it’s illegal, but it gets streamed on the dark web, and folks like Danny Trejo make money by letting folks gamble on it. There’s a Frankenstein, but he’s a nobody; he has no motivations other than “keeping the Sprawl from falling into anarchy”, which he does by winning Death Race, because winning means he gets to be leader.
The movie is actually about a rando hired by the warden of the Sprawl to infiltrate it as a prisoner and kill Frankenstein during Death Race, ending his winning streak, which will somehow cause the Death Race to stop being profitable and force it to close down??? In the end, someone else kills Frankie and our “hero” puts on the mask, becoming him, because anyone can wear the mask. It’s the same message as Into The Spiderverse, except terrible.
The movie has an open disdain for women, and sex workers in particular. Lots of pointless nudity. Despite showing some graphic violence, the movie actually cuts away while a white supremacist literally named “Nazi Bastard” is attacked by a group, showing him later to be hanging from a sign in a very brief cut.
Also Danny Glover is a major character in it?
It was a terrible movie all-around, and I’m baffled as to why it’s a Death Race movie.