Death Race (2008)
|Rating:||R (for strong violence and language)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Paul W.S. Anderson|
|Written By:||Paul Anderson, Paul W.S. Anderson|
|In Theaters:||Aug 21, 2008 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 21, 2008|
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as Jensen Ames
as Machine Gun Joe
as Elizabeth Case
as Travis Colt
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Critic Reviews for Death Race
The most epically loaded triple-cheeseburger action film since "Con Air." Driving-team maven Spiro Razatos handles second-unit duty, and flings gas, sweat and oil at the screen with the hard-cornered glee of having real Hot Wheels with which to play.
This is both a bad film and a bad influence, and on many levels. Still, for all of its brainlessness, it somehow manages a train-wreck hold on attention.
Lean on substance, but bustling with excitement; Death Race is entertainment in its most primitive form.
Audience Reviews for Death Race
Absolutely no real plot or good acting. Awesome balls to the walls action and a hot young lady made this movie passable. Good effects nad lots of fun.
An ex-racing car driver is framed for the murder of his wife in order to force him to impersonate the dead star of a gladiatorial game show of the near future. His name was Frankenstein, which is ironic, because this is a cinematic pick'n'mix of many cult sci-fi movies. It has the story of The Running Man with shades of Mean Machine, the themes of Rollerball, the environment of Escape From New York and the style and action of Mad Max. Original, it most certainly ain't. It has the usual trappings of the modern action movie, namely characters who are the inevitable mix of gang banger stereotypes and hotties and it's over directed in the way that has been de rigeur over the past few years, all set to an appalling pop music soundtrack. As a whole, it's like watching a videogame adaptation of a game that doesn't exist. But what a bloody cool videogame it is! The dialogue and characters are shall we say "functional", but it never descends too far into depressing macho porn and leaves plenty of room for the action scenes; in this film the cars are most definitely the stars! The races are thrillingly staged, and are clearly intended as the centrepiece of the film in a similar way to Mad Max 2. It's a shame they had to water down Statham's character by making him an innocent family man, because let's face it, Max and Snake Plissken were so cool precisely BECAUSE they were utter bastards. It may be low brow, but entertaining it truly is, and is one of the few action films I've seen in recent years that actually lives up to its trailer.
Attention holding, entertaining, solid B-movie that's decently well made and delivers what it promises. The story, and elements there in are contrived and unoriginal, but I didn't mind. The attempts at social satire are well-intended, but ultimately prove weak.
Tweaking the premise of the Roger Corman original, this remake readjusts things, positing a near future where the issue of prison overpopulation is dealt with by hosting violent demolition derby car races with the inmates, which are broadcast for the masses to enjoy. Problems are taken care of and people are entertained, so the corrupt powers that be think its a win win...until one man decides to buck the system....with explosive results.
Okay, so the film is kinda dumb, even though it attempts otherwise. It's mostly just 'turn your brain off' filler, and, sometimes, that's okay. Anderson is great at this kind of crap, so if this sounds like something you wanna see, then go do so.
Death Race Quotes
|Jensen Ames/Frankenstein:||What's that?|
|Gunner:||Most important part of the car.|
|Coach:||[after the Dreadnought is destroyed] Now that's entertainment.|
|Coach:||Don't talk to the other drivers. Frank never did. Part of the mystique. Let the mask do the work.|
|Lists:||Travis Colt. Our local superstar. He used to race for Nascar...|
|Gunner:||Yeah, he was good too.|
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