DEATH RACE 3: INFERNO (2013); Don't Even Bother

When you're up at 6AM and you can't get back to sleep, I thought leaving Death Race 3: Inferno on the TV would be an OK thing to fill the silence of the bedroom with. I was wrong.

Death Race 3: Inferno, from now on referred to as Inferno, actually has a surprisingly decent cast, all of whom, I presume, lost bets or something. The cast includes Luke Goss, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Dougray Scott, Frederick Koehler, plus some eye-candy drivers that needed to fight in their undies to keep the eye-candy factor alive in the film.

Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas (Goss), aka Frankenstein, is a superstar driver in the brutal prison yard demolition derby known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom for himself and his pit crew. But the odds are stacked against him and his team as he races to win freedom, despite being forced to agree to lose the race to the race promoter.

The direct to Blu-ray "film" shows us how this debacle of situation came about, the challenge put forth by the billionaire who invented it, the cast of inmates facing off with each other on a full-time basis, and other nuances of what passes as a story.

The contestants all get tracking devices implanted in their necks. Dougray Scott does play a wonderfully lazy/evil/greedy Death Race CEO. He only had to mail it in for this film.

The film has movie scenes interspersed with what looks like video game splash screens. But that would be the best part of the film. Fight and racing scenes are so horribly edited that if feels like children edited it and that there wasn't an estimated $6M film budget.

What shocked me even more is that this film brought in an estimated $1M in sales. HOW? Maybe all the female characters running around in super tight outfits and push-up bras.

The shoddiness of the production is actually surprising, considering that the man behind the Resident Evil film franchise, Paul W.S. Anderson, is the one who wrote the script for director Roel Reine, who, I must say, is the one to blame for this debacle, since directors are the 'make it or break it' point in most any film.

Either way, the film netted a 5.5/10 on IMDb, but I'm thinking popcorn 4 for this typical to Syfy channel movie and yet

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