"Ring of Death" finds Burke Wyatt (Johnny Messner) unemployed, separated from his wife (Charlotte Ross), and acting as a part-time father. Approached by his old partner, who is now with the FBI, ex-cop Burke is offered an undercover job that has a huge payoff. Burke can't afford to turn the job down. Because of a violent background in which he killed a man by using excessive force, Burke is chosen to pass as an inmate of a state prison where several mysterious deaths have been reported. With the help of Warden Golan (Stacy Keach), Burke finds himself mired in a sort of prisoners' fight club. The unrated film is fast-paced and action-filled, though surely no contender for acting awards.
This is an example of the action sub-genre "men behind bars." These are films in which tension is created within the walls of a prison, where there is plenty of opportunity to injure or even kill a fellow inmate out of view of the guards. If the plot seems familiar, the execution shows skill, particularly in the editing department. There are no extras.