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Death Race 3: Inferno - 15/1/2013 7:19:18 AM   

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My my what have we here...another straight to DVD sequel, should I be excited?. Well seeing as the first film was actually quite good fun and the second was semi decent fun if rather uninspired, I guess this could be good. Oh but its not...bugger.

So the plot, well I'm confused, yes believe it or not I am. According to Wikipedia the second film was a prequel to the never got that, and this third film is an alternative timeline sequel to the original that follows on from the second...wha?. As far as I see it Statham was 'Frankenstein' in the first film and he escaped. Goss then got burned up in the second and took on the mantle of the MIA 'Frankenstein' character, and now he continues that role into this third film. Well that's how I see it dagnabbit.

So the usual videogame-like appearance/ideas from the previous films remain naturally, that mixed with the stupid Gladiators/WWF style setups and intros. The first two films get away with this but it now grows old plus this film does look much more tacky with obviously less money behind it, outside of the car sequences anyway.

'RAZOR!!!' 'watch out for him, he used to be a killer somewhere', oh so I guess he's the bad guy then, well he must be with a name like that, scary!. 'JOKER!!' oh I guess he must...ah you get the picture surely!.

The acting is of course ropey but we all knew that, you don't watch films like this for acting skills. Impressive how the continuity has been kept with all cast being retained from the second film, adds a much needed boost to the quality. Its a damn good job Tanit Phoenix looks good cos she sure as hell can't act a tall, her fight choreography is abysmal too. In fact all the fight sequences look terrible and badly constructed, clear misses everywhere, so tame and not required.

The biggest laugh of the film is a sequence where all these scantily clad women must fight to the death for the honour of becoming navigators to the male racers!. If ever there was a more obvious ploy to appeal to the wank happy young male viewer, well I haven't seen one this blatant for some time. Lots of women in nothing but hot pants and bras looking like something out of 'Xena Warrior Princess' all cat fighting and chopping each other up whilst getting blood spaying over their large plump bosoms lol!.

So so so stupid, not really sexy a tall (although clearly meant to be) and utterly pointless. Gee lets attract more fans simply by sticking in lots of half naked women in a mass killing orgy, plot relevance?...what's that mean?. Pssst...'Katrina' from the previous film is one of the winners, oops! what do you mean you didn't see that coming?!.

So yes its your typical 'Running Man' 'The Condemned' 'Battle Royale' 'The Hunger Games' blah blah blah you know. The problem here is we really didn't need yet another film of virtually the same shit all over again, accept this time its in a desert and with even more extreme camera jumping and editing. Seriously the camera cuts from one action shot to another so fast and often it will make you dizzy.

Nothing new, same cliches, same outcomes, same implanted body tracking devices, same visuals, same character types but with more half naked women and new cars (why are some guys driving trucks? surely they would be reeeeally slow in the sand? especially with large gun turrets on the back). Man I lost interest when the gorgeous blonde driver got killed off.

Funnily the car interiors are so complex looking I fail to see how anyone could drive them at break neck speed whilst trying to faff around with all the intricate touch screen monitors and controls. But I guess reality isn't on the menu here is it, I could go on but there really is no need. A videogame disguised as a film franchise, watch out for the next sequel set on snowy terrain...probably.

'Its a beautiful day to DIE!'

< Message edited by Phubbs -- 15/1/2013 7:21:45 AM >
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