Death Race 2000 Reviews
"A Cross Country Road Wreck!"
Death Race 2000 is another Roger Corman produced film. It has a pretty good cult following and why, I don't really know. It's also another dystopian film that uses sporting events to control the masses and also to spread the love of violence. The dialogue is beyond bad, the acting(besides Carradine is awful), and the movie is just down right stupid. I can see why some people would have fun with it and I did for about 20 minutes, but as it ran on, the fun diminished for me more each second. Luckily the movie only comes in at an hour and nineteen minutes, which allows the film to have easy watchability.
As with any Corman produced film you know what he's selling. He's going to rip-off other movies, he's going to show breasts, it's going to be bloody, and it's going to be bad. For some reason though, a lot of people actually think this is a good movie. In Corman standards, it's a lot better than most, but it's also less fun than most in my mind. I wouldn't go as far as to say I hated the movie completely. It had its moments and there were some funny parts. I still didn't like it though.
From Roger Corman comes a greatly entertaining movie that features a futuristic America that has an annual cross-country death race.
The race consists of 5 racers, each with their own navigator (doubling as lovers) driving at super fast speeds from New York to LA in a few days time. The added twist is that pedestrians caught on the side of the road can be run over for additional points.
Needless to say this is a cheesy, violent, and darkly hilarious film to watch.
David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone star as rival racers trying to beat each other to the finish.
The whole movie is literally the race, we start at the starting line and end at the finish in a brisk 78 minutes.
Its a lot of fun to watch, with plenty of great cheesy moments, great low budget production design, and hilarious plot twists hinting at some ridiculous deeper social meaning.
Cleopatra: It isn't my fault everyone scored before us. You should have gone after that boy scout camp like I told you!
Nero the Hero: I tried the goddamn boy scout camp. You know how fast those boy scouts move?
Cleopatra: Now here's something more your speed.
Nero the Hero: That'll be at least 200 points!
Cleopatra: If they scatter, go for the baby and the mother.
The characters are ok and Stallone was pretty funny. You can tell he was taking his role seriously.
They drive around and kill people for points. And there's a lot of boobs and sex. But they're all obscured by a disgusting cheese-like discharge.
There was so much potential: some cool death scenes, cool concept, political satire, etc. But it just didn't pan out.
Highly reccomended over the Staham Remake!