Fast & Fierce: Death Race (2020)
Directed By: Jared Cohn
Starring: Michael DeVorzon, DMX, Paulina Nguyen, Becca Buckalew and Gigi Gustin
Synopsis: Jack Tyson is a young man partaking in an illegal Mexico to California car race when a desperate woman, fleeing from her abusive gangster boyfriend who is financing the tournament, jumps into his car pleading for his help and who has an incriminating USB drive that could send her thug boyfriend, among others, to prison.
Review: The Asylum have given us a pretty decent race movie here in the form of Fast and Fierce: Death Race. Firstly I will admit, the title will more than likely put people off wanting to watch as it sounds like a rip-off of two popular franchises. But it is actually quite a decent budget movie. All the racing is genuine stunt racing and everything you see can be done in a car. As sometimes, just sometimes it’s rather eye rolling when you see a car leap a building then roll 10 times and still carry on driving.
Michael DeVorzon plays Jack Tyson who is an ex nascar racer who is haunted from what happened the last time he was in a race. Jack is summoned to race by dangerous gangster Davey played by DMX. Davey has an ace card which is Jack’s brother Nelson is indebted to him and he will clear the Debt if Jack wins. Jack goes head to head with two other racers cocky street racer Mick and social media wannabe celeb Nina. They are to race from Mexico to Los Angeles and make three checkpoints along the way. Naturally things go south when Jack ends up having to protect Bianca. She is one of Davey’s ex girlfriends and has information at hand that will put him behind bars. From then the stakes get higher and Jack now has to get to Los Angeles while dodging hitmen and the cartel and making sure his brother stays alive.
Michael DeVorzon reminded me of Johnny Messner a little and I have to say, this is the first I have seen of DeVorzon and he made a good impression, I would like to see him in an actioner next. DMX returns to our screens after his last pairing with (funny enough) Johnny Messner in Beyond The Law. DMX doesn’t really have much screen time, but he does chew up every scene he is in. I would have liked to have seen more of his character. We also get treated to the line “I live my life a quarter mile at a time” which made me chuckle.
Overall a fun ride, maybe a title change would make this movie get taken a little more serious.