Death Race

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Mindless, violent, and lightning-paced, Death Race is little more than an empty action romp.

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Framed for a murder he did not commit, three-time speedway champ Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) finds himself at Terminal Island, the country's toughest prison, but he gets an unexpected chance at freedom when the warden offers a choice: Compete in the Death Race as a mythical driver called Frankenstein, or rot in a cell forever. Riding in a car equipped with flamethrowers and grenade launchers, Ames must survive a gauntlet of vicious criminals to win his freedom -- or die trying.

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  • Feb 26, 2015
    A massive departure from the original, Death Race keeps the cars and kills and forgoes virtually everything else from 2000. Fun in a very different manner, but still fun, and that's what counts.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2013
    Gratuitous and violent, Death Race is an exciting and explosive action film from Paul W.S. Anderson. The story follows a wrongfully convicted man named Jensen Ames who's recruited to participate in a penal gladiator completion known as the Death Race, in which he can win his freedom. Starring Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, and Joan Allen, the casting is pretty solid. But this film is all about the car chases and explosion, and it delivers in spades. Anderson does an excellent job at creating intense and thrilling action sequences that engage the audience. As exploitation films go, Death Race is incredibly riveting and adrenaline packed.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2013
    The Death Race remake is one of the most mindless action yarns that doesn't rely on a great plot to deliver something worthwhile for viewers who enjoy these types of films. Having seen the original, I enjoyed Roger Corman's original production much better than this one, and I felt that this one simply didn't have that special something to really make it stand out. For me anyways, this was a mediocre film that just relied more on the action than anything, while the original, was a fun movie with a pretty good plot and fun action, this one just has a sloppy written script and acts more on visuals than anything. I simply felt that it cheapened the enjoyment of the film. If the movie had a slightly better script, this film would have been better. Death Race leaves a lot to be desired in terms of a mindless action film. For me, the original will always be better, and though it had some impressive carnage on-screen, there was just too many elements lacking from the film's plot to really make a memorable ride from start to finish. The action was there, but the plot was a little thin for my liking and for me, this one disappointed me because I really wanted to enjoy this film; however in the end, despite all the action, it was a little flat. Although far from the worst film, I've seen, Death Race is still a mediocre disappointment that could have been much better than what it turned out to be. I usually love a good mindless action film, but with this one, it simply didn't do it for me, but to viewers looking for intense carnage with cars, they should check it out. I simply felt that that the film's potential wasn't fully realized on-screen.
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  • Dec 22, 2012
    Don't bother sitting down to see "Death Race" if you like a movie with a solid plot, but if you want to see pretty much endless action then it's alright. Nothing more than average overall.
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