The Deathgames is a popular, controversial, and illegal web-show featuring a modern day gladiator arena where combatants fight to the death for the entertainment of online viewers, including a group of college students, and a group of Japanese office workers. Government authorities have been searching to shut down the operation, but to no avail. David Lord (Lutz), a fireman and paramedic gets into a terrible car accident with his pregnant wife, Lori (Nina Dobrev), who does not survive the crash. Grief-stricken, David considers suicide, but decides against it. Later he drowns his sorrows at a local bar, while a mysterious woman, Milla, watches him from afar. After witnessing him easily subdue the bar’s bouncer, Milla seduces David before incapacitating him and allowing him to be kidnapped.
Milla, it turns out, is a recruiter for The Deathgames, which is run by the confident Logan (Jackson) and his two sexy assistants Kaneko (Irene Choi) and Kawaii (Lauren Shiohama). Kaden (Messner), the executioner is doubtful of the fighting ability of a mere “doctor.” David is locked in a small cell and befriends a fellow fighter in the cell next to his, Taiga (Kim), who tells him that he was coerced into participating due to a threat on his wife’s life. —IMDb
Could have been interesting but, not only did Neveldine-Taylor's Gamer (2009) cover this idea far more potentially, but once this descends into repetitious montages of Kellan Lutz fighting. sleeping with women, sitting in his cell, fighting again etc., it becomes a tedious action film that never thinks above the material or keeping the viewer's blood racing.