Death Race 2

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Death Race 2
Death Race 2 poster.jpg
Directed by Roel Reiné
Produced by Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Mike Elliott
Screenplay by Tony Giglio
Story by Paul W. S. Anderson
Tony Giglio
Starring Luke Goss
Ving Rhames
Danny Trejo
Sean Bean
Tanit Phoenix
Robin Shou
Music by Paul Haslinger
Cinematography John Mckay
Edited by Radu Ion
Herman P. Koerts
Moonlighting Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million[1]

Death Race 2 (formerly Death Race: Frankenstein Lives or also known as Death Race 2: Frankenstein Lives) is a 2010 American science fiction action film directed by Dutch filmmaker Roel Reiné, written by Tony Giglio and Paul W. S. Anderson, and starring Luke Goss, Ving Rhames, Tanit Phoenix, Danny Trejo and Sean Bean. Death Race 2 is a direct-to-DVD prequel to the 2008 film Death Race.[2][3] A sequel to the film was released in 2013 titled Death Race 3: Inferno.

The prequel films explore the origins of the first "Frankenstein" car driver, Carl "Luke" Lucas (Luke Goss).


In 2012, private corporations own and manage the prison systems. Getaway driver Carl "Luke" Lucas (Luke Goss) is arrested after a robbery for his crime boss Markus Kane (Sean Bean) goes wrong. As his accomplices are robbing the bank, two officers casually enter the building. Luke tells them to abort, but they refuse; Luke intervenes, but it results in the death of one of the three accomplices. Luke shoots and kills one of the officers and dumps off his accomplices in order to fulfill Markus's wishes. In doing so, Luke is eventually captured by the police following a high-speed chase and sentenced to serve time on Terminal Island.

Terminal Island is a prison under the control of The Weyland Corporation, which hosts Death Match, a televised pay-per-view competition where two dangerous convicts are chosen and then forced to fight to the death or submission. The prisoners are given access to weapons or defense items to use during the fight by stepping on a marked plate in the arena. Luke meets the men who eventually become his pit crew in the Death Race: Lists (Frederick Koehler), who annoys him by over-analyzing everything, Goldberg (Danny Trejo), and Rocco (Joe Vaz). The host of Death Match is September Jones (Lauren Cohan), a former Miss Universe who lost her crown due to allegations of having a sexual relationship with all of its judges. She now works for The Weyland Corporation to create profit from the pay per view subscribers of Death Match. When a convict tries to stab Lists (because of his nature and weakness, as he was convicted only of swindling), Luke takes it upon himself to defend him.

Luke is later approached in the showers by September, who proposes that he fight. When he refuses, she makes sexual advances towards him, which he pretends to go for before refusing. In retaliation, September chooses Lists to fight in a Death Match with the convict who tried to stab him earlier. Luke confronts her while Lists is running for his life during the event, pleading to let him fight in place of Lists. She refuses to help and he jumps over a barbed fence to fight for Lists. He is joined by Katrina Banks (Tanit Phoenix), a woman convict who is serving as a ring girl with other female convicts. She hits the convict with a round number sign made of metal. A riot breaks out during the fight between Luke and the convict because of racial tension, sparked because Luke is white and the other convict is black. The convicts break down the fence to get in, and some of the rapists attack and attempt to rape female convicts. Katrina defends herself and helps other women, who are then evacuated. When the riot control guards come, Luke surrenders. Markus, worried that Luke will trade info on his crimes for immunity, discovers his location at Terminal Island while watching Death Match. Afterward, Luke is well-received when he sees Katrina and inquires about her well-being after the fight.

Markus puts a bounty of $1 million on Luke's head and convinces some of the prisoners to kill him. Meanwhile, September comes up with a plan to boost their profits by converting the Death Match into a "Death Race", where the contestants will have to race over days to win each match. The person who manages to win five such matches will be released from prison. Luke joins the race, during which other prisoners try to kill him to earn Markus's bounty. Luke's car crashes and everybody is led to believe that he is dead. In reality, he survives with extensive scarring to his face. He joins the race as the new character "Frankenstein" with a mask to hide his identity from others. Meanwhile, Luke's new Triad friends manage to kill Marcus in revenge. On the day of a race, Frankenstein kills September by running her over with his car.



  • Luke Goss as Carl "Luke" Lucas / Frankenstein. His car is driven by Jensen Ames in Death Race.
  • Robin Shou as 14K, a tenth-generation Triad member, who was sent to business school and holds a degree from MIT. He is the only racer other than Frankenstein to appear in all three films.
  • Deobia Oparei as Big Bill, one of Luke's rivals. His car is driven by Machine Gun Joe in Death Race.
  • Henie Bosman as Xander Grady. His car is driven by Pachenko in Death Race.
  • Sean Higgs as Hill Billy. His car is driven by Siad in Death Race.
  • Warrick Grier as Calin. His car is driven by Carson in Death Race.
  • Chase Armitage as Apache. His car is driven by Riggins in Death Race.
  • Michael Solomon as The Sheik. His car is driven by Travis Colt in Death Race.
  • Trayan Milenov-Troy as Scarface. His car is driven by Hector Grimm in Death Race.

Other cast[edit]

  • Tanit Phoenix as Katrina Banks, Luke's navigator and love interest.
  • Lauren Cohan as September Jones, Death Race's hostess/executive producer, formerly of Death Match. She is a former Miss Universe who lost her crown due to allegations of having a sexual relationship with all of its judges.
  • Fred Koehler as Lists, one of Luke's pit crew and a compulsive data collector. He is the only other person to appear in all three films. He has been sentenced for murdering his mother
  • Ving Rhames as R.H. Weyland, head of Weyland International.
  • Danny Trejo as Goldberg, a loyal member of Luke's pit crew.
  • Sean Bean as Markus Kane, Luke's former crime boss.
  • Patrick Lyster as Medford Parks, Terminal Island Penitentiary's warden.
  • Joe Vaz as Rocco, a member of Luke's pit crew.


The cars in the film are real vehicles that have been heavily modified with armor plating, machine guns and defensive weapons.


On November 13, 2009, casting began for the prequel.[5] On December 7, 2009, it was announced that Roel Reiné would direct the film.[6] On January 5, 2010, Luke Goss was announced for the leading role as Carl "Luke" Lucas, who becomes "Frankenstein".

Principal photography began on February 13, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.[7] The film was shot in various locations in and around the central city of Cape Town, including the Castle of Good Hope, Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and several other notable figures were imprisoned during the Apartheid years) and an abandoned cement factory near the townships outside Cape Town.[1]


The film was released direct-to-DVD on January 18, 2011.[7] A trailer was released on October 3, 2010.[8]


A straight to DVD and Blu-ray sequel called Death Race 3: Inferno was released in January 2013.


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