When the older brother (Tommy Nash) he idolizes is run off the road by a ruthless drug dealer (Darren Thomas) during a nighttime street race known as Sepulveda Suicide, Rick Merchant (Jaz Martin) channels his grief into getting revenge behind the wheel. But to win, he'll need to modify his trusty 1988 Mazda RX-7/Nissan 240sx (Zenki/Kouki, chase scenes) -- with help from a mechanic Kelly (Hennely Jimenez) -- to get the maximum performance out of his machinery.Jaz Martin as Rick Merchant
Hennely Jimenez as Kelly Garcia
AnnaMaria DeMara as Claudia
Darren Thomas as Kayce
Zedrick Restauro as Phong
Jared Kahn as Albert
Paul Logan as Officer Flynn
Janet Tracy Keijser as Debbie Merchant
Tommy Nash as Tom Merchant
Sam Aaron as Lou
Cleo Berry as Jake
Makelaie Brown as Domingo Juarez
Pason as Amber
Sean Cory Cooper as an Attendant
Meredith Thomas as Cherrie the Manager
Mike Gaglio as Doctor Steven
Chris Trouble Delfosse as Trouble, Domingo's lead thug
The title first appeared November 2010 on the official Asylum website as "200 MPH: Midnight Racers". More details on the film emerged when its official page on the website went live January 2010, around the same time principal photography began, revealing that the subtitle "Midnight Racers" had been dropped, and that the film will be directed by veteran stunts expert Cole McKay (Transformers: Dark of the Moon & Cloverfield) and written by Thunder Levin. Only Jaz Martin, Anna Maria DeMara, Darren Thomas, and Hennely Jimenez were announced for the cast. The film was slated for release on April 26, 2011.
During production, the Mazda RX-7 used as Rick Merchant's car was stolen. The RX-7 belonged to award-winning professional drifter Justin Pawlak. The vehicle was inside a 26-foot enclosed Aztex trailer, attached to Pawlak's Chevrolet 2500HD, altogether stolen in the middle of production.
The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 26, 2011. It was also made available for Video On Demand on cable and other websites including iTunes, Amazon, Zune (Also on Zune via Xbox Live), and Blockbuster.
Some foreign releases had given different titles to the film. In Greece it is released as 300 hlm, while in France the title is instead Fast Drive.
The film was released a month later, May 26, 2011, on Netflix's instant streaming. In less than 24 hours, the film shot up within the top 5 of the Top 50 Most Popular streaming titles, peaking at the top 3 spot. The list is generated by unofficial Netflix companion website, Instant Watcher.Com.
The film has received mixed critic reviews, and mostly negative user reviews.
H. Perry Horton of Asylum films centric blog Committed gave the film a positive review, especially praising the performances of lead actors Jaz Martin and AnnaMaria DeMara. He also praises the film for having "a lot of heart for an action flick, more heart, in fact, than most of the F&F films, without sacrificing action."
Noel Anderson of Goof Roof also gave the film a positive review, praising the performances of actors Hennely Jimenez and Paul Logan, and states that "if you like furious displays of vehicular fury and strippers then this movie is a win win for you."
Christopher Armstead of Film Critics United describes the film as "tolerable" as far as films released by The Asylum. He cites bad acting from the cast, but singles out the performances of actors Darren Thomas, Paul Logan, and Tommy Nash as exceptions. Armstead states that the movie "wasn’t all that bad all things considered. The car racing scenes, minus the CGI cutaways, were far better than I expected them to be."
Trevor Anderson of Movie Mavericks gave the film a mixed review. The negative aspects cited include unnecessary cursing and nudity, and the CGI. The review however, was mostly positive praising director Cole McKay for good acting from the actors and well-framed shots. The actors are especially praised including Zedrick Restauro and Jared Kahn, having added "a much needed spark to the group dynamic, particularly in the scene where they steal a car from an impound lot." The actor described as the one that "shines the brightest" is Tommy Nash, even though only being in the movie for the first fifteen minutes.
The film gained a user rating of 2.1/10 on IMDB due to poor special effects, plot, quality of production and much more.
One of the biggest complaints about this film, being that it is a film aimed at car enthusiasts, is the extremely poor continuity. At one point in the film a car changes make and model with no given explanation and is treated as if it is the same car, all the while being called the name of a third car (The car changes from FC Chassis Mazda RX-7 to a Nissan 240sx during fast scenes). The car is also referred to as a MX-5, which is a Mazda Miata trim. The film also makes many general references to an estimated car capabilities, just like the Nissan 370Z in the beginning of the movie and the Nissan GT-R that it races against. Most of the cars' estimates are not true to actual car potential. (The FC RX-7 is capable of 160+ with boost mods alone.) The general negative response to this film can be seen by the statistics, which shown that 58.3% of people on IMDb rated the film 1/10 and is often called the worst film ever.