|Death Race (Unrated)
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- Total carnage. I love it.
Statham will blindly accept ANY script shoved into his scowling face. History shows this. In fact, he is so without a filter for quality projects that I find myself doubting that he even has an agent. Gladly, though, there are some pleasant surprises that occasionally rise to the top from amongst the stinkers. This here is one of them. So if you can violently suspend your disbelief enough to buy Tyrese as a tough guy, then check out Death Race. Please don't let the name Paul W. S. Anderson scare you away if you have been burned before by one of his prior cinematic gems. This movie is just pure fun. Don't ask yourself why Joan Allen is in it. There are no answers for you here. Just enjoy the races, the death scenes, the crazy RV "boss battle" and (for the ladies) the obligatory Statham shirtless pull-ups. The movie is essentially the Twisted Metal videogame series put on film, complete with power-ups that the drivers race over, Mario Kart style, to activate offensive or defensive bonuses. I went in with zero expectations and came out satisfied. Check it out. If you don't like this movie then you hate fun....more info
- Solid movie from start to finish
First I watched the unrated edition and there was nothing on it that seemed out of place and all in all it seemed like a clean enough movie that i would not have a problem with younger moviegoers watching it.
Second, I did not get the memo that Jason Straham is the the new Bruce Willis! This guy is in every movie I have seen lately. Which is no problem because he does a great job. He is sort of the stealth action film star.
Now for the movie. I expected nothing from it and just hoped that my time would not be wasted. Instead I got a film that had an intense and exciting opening and kept the pace all the way until the end. There was enough action to occupy me that I was actually wanting the movie to keep going.
The plot was about average for a movie this packed with action, but essentially the main character was framed for a crime he did not commit just so he could be a feature driver in the Death Race a made for pay tv show. Of course he has revenge on his mind and that plays out well enough during the movie.
I really liked Death Race and have no problem giving it two thumbs up. ...more info
- Garbage Movie
Didn't enjoy this movie. I read lot of positive reviews before I bought this dvd and thought it would be a good film. finally it wasn't that good enough. this is movie with no story at all and its just some 3D made animation and effects. it was like computer game....more info
- Cars with 'Tude
What is modern filmmakers' penchant for bleached-out sepia-tinted color that looks like moldy black and white? It does not seduce me. To be frank, it looks just plain ugly. I suppose, in the case of this movie, it signifies the ugliness of the future that awaits us.
Despite its ugly-duckling appearance, "Death Race" is a serviceable action flick starring the charismatic and appealingly imperturbable Jason Statham (of "The Bank Job" fame). Short on plot, "Death Race" is long on action, the explosive action of racing between souped-up, armor-plated, rocket-mounted, grotesque-looking vehicles. Statham's killing machine is an unrecognizable modified V-8 Mustang GT.
There's one catch to these races: they're not about winning, they're about killing the other competitors. The more racers that are killed, the higher the ratings of the televised matches. It's an interesting theme, but it seems to lack the necessary acerbic wit to pull it off to complete satisfaction.
--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"...more info
- Love Death Race!
If you like great B movies, an absurd premise and Jason Statham, this movie is for you. It has ridiculous cars, hot bodies, an absurd story line and is simply all around fun. A great guilty pleasure!...more info
- REMAKE OF THE CORMAN CLASSIC
This is for those who don't know another remake that was put out there, but unlike most I was actually excited about this one. I knew that this was one that needs the brain shut off and that really won't have character development, but that is ok. The thing that I was happy about is that the original films legendary producer Roger Corman returns as a producer on this film, that's enough for me. I know some people were worried because Paul W.S. Anderson is the writer/director of this film, but he is an action director and on that level he succeeds. Still this is a remake and with that there will always be disappointments, when watching this I felt like they missed a lot of opportunities. By that I mean this could have been a mindless, fun, and wonderfully violent EPIC film, instead it is the first three and just a decent flick.
After 2008 the economy started to fall through [yikes that is kinda happening] and the crime rate rises while every one losses their jobs. This sets things up for prisons to be very corrupt and very full, makes things interesting. At one prison in particular the warden has a little reality show on the internet called "DEATH RACE". An event that pits inmate against inmate in a race to the finish line, the only problem is you may be finished before you get there. Why do the inmates agree to do it you ask, well because if the win 5 times [I think is the number] you win your freedom. Yeah that sounds great for the population a crazy prisoner gets released from jail into the public after killing other prisoners live on a show, break out the welcome wagon.
It seems a racer named Frankenstein [David Carradine from the original for a quick cameo] is killed right before he wins his freedom, seems he was the fan favorite and Warden Hennessey needs him back in the races. So she sends out a prisoner to frame a famous former race car driver named Jensen Ames, it looks like he killed his wife so he goes to jail only to become the new Frankenstein. Of course he doesn't want to but he needs to be freed to see his daughter, so at least that much makes sense. So we are off to the races I guess to a fun filled violent experience to see who will win it, I mean it will be a close race. Jason Statham has driven many a fast car and Tyrese was "2 Fast 2 Furious" so it should be close.
This film is far from the original mainly because the first film is such a classic amongst the Corman fans like myself, but to be honest this is a new film for a new day and Roger did sign off on it. I find this film to be a really good buddy film, and I don't mean like a buddy cop movie or anything like that. I mean this film is best viewed eating and drinking with your friends; you can all get just as loud as the film and have a mindless good time. My brother, my girl, and a few others all enjoyed this and I think it was because of the atmosphere, good times had by all. Don't get me wrong you can enjoy this at any time but that is best way to watch this type of film I believe.
As far as the direction it is pretty straightforward, it is all centered around the action and that is fine since it doesn't try to be anything else. Anderson does a good job here as far as that aspect is concerned but don't expect a lot of character development. The deaths are really cool at least in my opinion even if there some over the top moments, but with a title like Death Race what do you expect. The cars are fun and match the atmosphere and look of the film and the action is solid, also The Dreadnought is a cool killing machine but it comes and goes to quick I think. Jason Statham is excellent in the lead role and really I felt he was the best guy for this type of flick. Tyrese though is another story because I just didn't see him in this, he did a great job with his character and maybe because of the lack of script he just seemed, I don't know. Joan Allen on the other hand I felt was great in this and made for a believable villain, I wanted to say something else. Natalie Martinez is decent in this and Ian McShane as Coach is very good in this as well.
To me this was a fun film although far from a classic it is still good enough in my opinion for a rental at least. I bought it as to continue owning all things Corman, don't have everything yet but I will get there eventually. Like I said before order some pizza crack open a few drinks [whatever you sip on] and watch this with you friends. It is a good time if you turn off the brain; at least I had fun with it.
- Death Race
This review is for the 2009 version. I liked seeing the difference in the remake. Similar plot, but very different with updated special effects. Jason Statham is quite good and helps elevate the movie even if it is a B movie SciFi. Overall good action with plenty of what you would expect with this title. Good quality DVD with some replayability. If you enjoyed this catch Crank [Blu-ray].
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- This Would Make A Killer Video Game
Ok lets be honest with ourselves, those of us who watched this movie (and saw the previews before hand) knew what this was probably going to be like when we sat down to watch it. What some people wont do however is confess that they actually liked it. The fact is that Death Race is exactly what it was made to be: entertaining.
The plot to this movie is very simple and easy to follow: Man gets framed for murdering his wife, he goes to jail, he gets propositioned from the warden to drive in Death Race to earn his freedom, man finds out warden is behind his framing, lots of driving, explosions, and dying follow suite.
To me, this was a decent movie. Yes the story could have been done better, especially since there were some plot holes that begged to be filled. But with a movie like this, we don't really go for the plot. We go for the really cool racing scenes with the post-apocalyptic looking cars and to see guys like the Reaper get splattered against the hood of Tyreese's car. Tyreese by the way, does a so-so job of being the not so bad "bad guy" of the film, which I don't think is much his fault, it was just the role he was given. Ultimately his bad guy role is overshadowed by the Warden anyway. Jason Stathum does his thing; you know, the strong silent guy who kicks butt every three scenes or so.
The bottom line is that this is a great action flick to sit and watch on a dull night. Its fun, has some humor, and best of all, they aren't shy on the blood and gore. There's enough Twisted Metal type carnage to give to the whole family (not literally of course). Don't sleep on it, its worth at LEAST a rental, if not something to own so you can watch every now and then for kicks.
P.S. I really do think this would make a friggin awesome video game. There hasn't been a Twisted Metal styled game in a long time, this could be great if its done right (no RockStar Gaming)...more info
- 2 ? - Stars: A Remake Very Typical of Paul W.S. Anderson
Being a film that I've read Roger Ebert express disgust and disappointment, but at the same time Stephen King names it as one of the year's best, of course, one wouldn't be hard-pressed to become curious what to make out of Paul W.S. Anderson's re-imagining of Roger Corman's "Death Race 2000". "DEATH RACE" is very loosely based on Corman's cult favorite; the 1975 original was somewhat innovatively exploitive, with its satiric take on bloody violence, which made it fun. Anderson is a good action director, he's good with visuals but it is the skill of storytelling that still eludes him.
In a future where America's economy had collapsed, the prison system has been privatized and the brutal "Death Race" is the new source of entertainment for most Americans. After tough as nails, ex-race car driver, Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) is framed for the murder of his wife and goes to prison, Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen) is waiting for him. After the death of a masked "death race" four-time winner called "Frankenstein"(voiced by David Carradine), Ames is forced to masquerade as him and to compete against his fellow prison mates in the bloody race. Armed to the teeth, aided by his pit mates (played by Ian McShane and Frederick Koehler) and his navigator, Case (hottie Natalie Martinez), they must fight if they want to stay alive as Hennessey unleashes the fury of her devilish race track and the wrath of his fellow drivers (such as Tyrese Gibson).
There will always be disappointments when a movie is a remake. This 2008 re-issue exchanges the exploitive satiric atmosphere of the original into something that attempts to deliver the same concept with a straight face which results in a comatose display of emotionless machismo. Anderson's visuals are good, there are nice touches as the race has the usual advances in tech such as the activation of a car's weapons--a car has to run over a "seal" on the track to activate/enhance its weapons and defenses. (shades of the video game "Twisted Metal"?) There's a big killer-rig called "Dreadnaught", a huge 16-wheeler with a lot of horsepower and attitude. The cars are quite nice to see, I always get excited with the sound of engines and gunfire. The film is definitely a testosterone-driven affair, but sadly, the quality of the action does not match the execution of its plot elements.
Alright, so we know this is a remake, and we are familiar with its concept--therefore the film offers no surprises. However, when it attempted to sidestep the exploitive, satiric fun of the original the experience proved a little unsatisfying. Anderson's direction is just so predictable and the script is so full of holes. The film takes place on a futuristic world where unemployment is so high and America is falling to pieces, how can Warden Hennessey get more than 75 million viewers to subscribe to pay a hefty price to watch the race? Also, how can Ames become "flirty" with his navigator when all he should be thinking about is his daughter (then again Natalie is pretty hot). I'm all about a serious tone, but plot elements and emotional inconsistencies just makes me grind my teeth.
Now the film is an action-laden affair, Anderson does somewhat succeed when it comes to shooting these scenes. Explosions, unreasonable violence, and tricky camerawork is the film's main strength. The colors have that grayish "hue" and the camera zooms does provide some thrills and attitude. The musical track to accompany the action adds some emotional "banging" and it does fit the mood. I think Anderson should have stuck to the basics of the action and mayhem than to attempt to make a few "crossed" commentaries about the public's hunger for mass murder and violence coupled with the finger-pointing at the media to manipulate ratings ("Sex and Violence" does sell) to make money.
Overall, the film is a hack-eyed affair in terms of the eye-candy visuals, but the plot itself is so boring that it can easily put you to sleep. Double-crosses, set-ups, vengeance, survival and escape to freedom are all predictable elements that has been overdone; while this may not be a bad thing, the film's direction is so uneven and the plot is just so full of its own contradictions. Jason Statham is a good action star and I hope that his agent can find him more note-worthy work such as "The Bank Job". The actor exudes coolness and attitude, he should steer clear of movies that may break his career.
"Death Race" is an affront to the 1975 original, but if you turn off your brain, it may prove a decent diversion. See this when you have nothing else to do or if you haven't seen the original film by Roger Corman.
Rental [2 ? - Stars, very mediocre] rounded up because of the cars and gunfire.
- Death Race is a great action movie
Death Race is one of the best movies of the year. This movie is non stop action. I think that Jason Statham gives the performance of his career. Joan Allen gives an excellent performance too. I loved watching the bonus features on this DVD. Director Paul Anderson and the actors had so much fun making this movie. They share their experiences of making the movie on the bonus features. I loved watching how the cars were transformed into driving machines equipped with weapons. I enjoyed everything about this DVD. ...more info
- Roger Corman Remake
Roger Corman serves as an executive producer on DEATH RACE, a loose remake of his 1975 futuristic cult classic, DEATH RACE 2000. In fact, David Carradine, who starred in that earlier film, plays "Frankenstein" in the opening sequence of this version.
Jason Statham stars in the 2008 release from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. He plays a former race car driver who is framed for the murder of his wife, so that he will be sent to the prison where the lucrative, nationally televised "Death Race" originates.
Warden Joan Allen offers Statham his freedom if he will participate in the "kill or be killed" race.
This picture is grounded much more in reality than the 1975 original, and if you can accept the film's outrageous basic premise, then you will find it to be very entertaining. The race sequences may be rather gory, but they are extremely well-staged.
Paul W.S. Anderson wrote and directed the movie, which co-stars Tyrese Gibson and Ian McShane.
The DVD features both the theatrical and an unrated version of the picture, with Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt delivering audio commentary on the unrated one. There are also two "Making of" featurettes.
? Michael B. Druxman...more info
- Much more interesting than watching someone pound out license plates
In this futuristic action thriller, the deadliest prison is offering a way out of incarceration. Win five races and you've got your freedom.
The subscription only TV show is a hit. So much of one, that when their top driver Frankenstein is 86-ed, Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen) recruits a new driver by framing him for the murder of his wife. But Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) isn't going to play her game. He's got a baby daughter to come home to and that's his plan.
If you love car chases and nonstop action, "Death Race" is great. There's not much plot here, but enough to keep the action pertinent.
Rebecca Kyle, December 2008
- a must have
a great movie.
lots of action scenes.
fantastic races and story.
the story is an oldie,about a good guy that goes to jail,and escape.
the race is a must see.
a great movie to have in your collection...more info
- Good Entertainment
The movie is certainly entertaining but it doesn't have the political overtones of the original...more info
- great action movie, with no complications
Certainly is tons of action in this movies, and no complications like plot twists or love interests. Just cars, crashes, murders and action. Statham is great ... just his usual self. How can you beat it? Don't look for Gone With the Wind, and you'll be happy.
A great non-chick flick. Don't misunderstand, I like 27 Dresses, but as a mindless wonderful action film, this one is just fine....more info
- Deathrace 2000 meets the Running Man
"Deathrace" is not a remake of Death Race 2000 - Special Edition there are no visible audience cult members sacrificing themselves for the glory of their divers like in the old 1970's cult film. It is more a remake of the "Govenator's" film The Running Man (Special Edition) but instead of a TV game show, it is a Pay Per View internet sporting event, where once again the convicts compete for their freedom, creating all kinds of carnage along the way.
So here's the deal, you need an actor for a car chase movie? (Jason Statham) check; Need lots of carnage? Check; Need lots blood and gore? Check; Want an original or moving story? Sorry!
2 ? *
- Not bad, but nowhere as good as the original Death Race 2000
This loose remake to the original Death Race is an over the top, big budget film that works to a certain extent. The film has a lot of good elements that work for a Paul Anderson movie; the cinematography, the action scenes, and even some of the story is plausible.
So what is wrong with Death Race? Simple the plot is too simplified; its just cars blowing up, extreme gunfire, and stylized action sequences. The movie doesn't have the soul of the original death race. While the plot is somewhat clever and different...it just doesn't have the humor or the cheesiness of the original. Nevertheless it's still a solid popcorn action flick.
MY PERSONAL RATING: 3 OUT OF 5
- Probably not an Oscar nominated film...
If you take this movie with a grain of salt and ignore the fact it was based on the cult-classic "Death Race 2000", it's not a bad way to kill 90 minutes. Not having seen the "rated" version, I don't know what additional footage was included, but it didn't feel as though bits had been "slipped in".
Set in a John Carpenter style future (think Escape from New York), the US economy has collapsed and prisons are all run by corporations, who are, in effect, judge, jury and executioner. Jason Statham is perfect for this minimal-dialogue, lots-of-shooting action flick. The gore was surprisingly tame for an "unrated" film and rather reminded me of "Robocop".
It was nice to see a more serious actress, Joan Allen, play an evil role. She has the face for it, but it's also nice to see that she doesn't take herself too seriously.
The plot is predictable, as is the ending...and no one has to try to hard. It's fast cars armed with rockets and machine guns, hot chicks and violence. Who hasn't wished for all that when stuck in rush hour traffic....more info
- Surprisingly good
I really didn't expect much out of Paul W.S. Anderson's remake of Death Race. To be quite honest, I thought it would be an ungodly awful film that should have never seen the light of day in the first place. Well, I was wrong and pleasently surprised that despite its absent-mindedness in terms of such things as character development or logic, Death Race manages to provide the goods in terms of action, spectacle, and excitement. Jason Statham stars as a framed prisoner forced to participate in the title act; which is watched by millions worldwide. There really isn't much more to the story other than that, and Statham's mission avenge the death of his wife and escape, but Anderson manages to pack in so much vehicular carnage and chaos that you can't help but take your eyes off the screen. Statham's brand of machismo is on full display here, and it's as magnetic as ever: there's just something about the guy that you can't help but admire, making him more than worthy of being considered a top-flight action star. Tyrese Gibson stars as Statham's rival Machine Gun Joe, and there's some other great cast members including Joan Allen as the evil warden, Brotherhood's Jason Clarke as the equally wicked head guard, and the great Ian McShane as Statham's mechanic. All in all, Death Race is good, mindless fun that manages to be enjoyable, and in that regard alone, it's definitely worth seeing....more info
- Not Bad!
I am a fan of Jason Statham's work and this was pretty good. Whilst the original Death Race 2000 still had some elements that was hard to top the re-make was flashier, had better special effects and was grittier than the original. Definitely worth adding to your collection....more info
- The King of Labor Day Weekend Scores Again
"Death Race" is popcorn entertainment at it's best. Back in my day they used to call this stuff drive-in fare. Ironically, I never went to a drive-in probably because I couldn't drive. In a nutshell I would say this flick is a hybrid of it's predecessor, "Death Race 2000", and "Escape From New York". The action here is white-knuckle and virtually non-stop. A real adrenaline rush this is. Jason Statham cements his crown as an icon of the action genre. Statham picks his vehicles well and "Death Race" is no exception. Joan Allen plays against type and scores a ten as the tough-as-nails warden. This flick may not be for everybody but it had me cheering....more info
- A good time at the movies, nothing more
I'll say it up front that some of my favorite movies are the long, dense and actor-driven films that have come out over the past 40 or so years but you know what? Occasionally I just want to have fun, tear loose and pop in a movie that gets you pumped. Is it badly written? Naturally and in addition to being not particularly depthful or well-characterized people, it's a film that says "you know what? Grab some buddies, nachos and drinks and just have fun" with a between-the-lines requirement that you shut off your brain first. Paul W.S. Anderson has in certain respects stopped being the poster child for bad filmmaking since now that the inexplicable "directing" by one Uwe Boll has been set loose, we now look at Anderson as the good bad-movie maker and so we have Death Race, a remake of the old Roger Corman film and looking at it you can level all the complaints you want at it but you'd still have a blast anyway.
Set in 2012, the prison system has become home to one of the most popular forms of entertainment on the web, that of the Death Race, a 3 part race where drivers literally fight to the death in hopes that they'll make it to 5 wins and earn their freedom out of prison. Headed by the devious Hennessey and her cronie guard/bodyguard Ulrich, the prison also houses the famous racer, Frankenstein who dons a mask since his face is so disfigured from previous races. But when he dies after a race, in comes Jensen Ames who's been wrongly imprisoned for murdering his wife so Hennessey and Ames cut a deal: with 4 races won by the original Frankenstein, if Ames wins that next race and dons his mask for ratings purposes, Ames goes free but surviving the race is one thing, surviving a warden who isn't exactly going to let her golden goose disappear is another.
Returning to the director's chair 4 years after he made the slightly-average-but-still-disappointing Alien vs. Predator, Anderson returns with Death Race and quite simply if you've ever seen any of his previous movies you know what to expect here and one can say that strangely, it's his best film in awhile. Resident Evil was a fine movie to me however it was not a horror movie and considering its source material, that's a disappointment while AvP was just too tame for the battle royale that it was supposed to be. Death Race is along the lines of say Event Horizon or Mortal Kombat where yeah, it does have issues but honestly, when the film's this fun, I could care less.
That doesn't mean he can't improve and disregarding the usual suggestions of "make better movies", he's gotta learn how to properly make an action sequence work since he still does that hyper editing where he tries to out-do Michael Bay in that instead of showing an exciting sequence, they gotta cut it up and make it so frantic and chaotic that it looks exciting, like being on a rollercoaster with your eyes darting all over the place. Then of course there's the writing which is filled with cliche lines or just bad one-liners but look at the movie uncritically and it passes, fixate on minor details and you're practically checking off all the goofy parts.
But enough about that, let's talk about the sexy violence since let's face it, we're dealing with cars outfitted with napalm, smoke, machine guns and when damaged a lot, they explode really nice. The hyperkinetic action is really the highlight for those into this kind of thing and in this area, this makes Anderson's new movie arguably the better one he's made in years. In fact to its detriment strangely since the races are so visually exciting and filled with balls-to-the-wall stunts and action that when they stop to tell stories and have character moments,the film deflates a bit too much. Nice to have a breather sure but here it becomes a bit too slow and doesn't quite have the downtime it needed. Plus this downtime doesn't include Natalie Martinez playing Case, Ames' side driver who fulfills that sexy role very nicely but since she only shows up in the prison the day of the race, you kind of miss looking at her. But we do have Robin Shou from Mortal Kombat in a very small cameo and Ian McShane of Deadwood fame is always awesome so there's that too.
In the end, Death Race is for adrenaline junkies, the kind of people who can watch action movies for the sake of getting your kicks out and Death Race does this. Might not be a lasting movie in the home, but it's a fun one when it's on....more info
- CGI-Filled Remake of an Action Classic
"Death Race" stars Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShane, and Tyrese Gibson. In a place called Terminal Island, in the not-too-distant future, the world's hunger for extreme sports and competitions has grown into reality TV bloodlust. The most extreme racing competition has emerged and its contestants are murderous prisoners. The rules of Death Race are simple: win five events and you're set free. Lose and your bloody body is shown across the Internet.
Speedway champ Jensen Ames (Statham), an ex-con framed for the murder of his wife, is forced to put on the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein, a Death Race crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill. Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island's ruthless Warden Hennessey (Allen): suit up and drive or never see his little girl again. To claim the prize, Ames must survive contests against the most vicious criminals, including Machine Gun Joe (Gibson). Trained by his coach (McShane), to drive a Mustang V8 Fastback equipped with two mounted mini-guns, flamethrowers, and napalm, Ames must destroy everything in his path to win the most violent spectator sport on the planet.
Statham is very good as Ames, Joan Allen cold and menacing as a cartoonish warden, and Ian McShane enjoyable to watch as the head of Ames' pit crew. But it's the action that takes center stage here, with amazing stunts combined with CGI to produce one thrill after another. The film is a remake of "Death Race 2000" (1975), which starred David Carradine and did not have the benefit of today's technology.
The Unrated Edition (which also contains the theatrical version) has two features that race car lovers will enjoy: "Start Your Engines: Making a Death Race" and "Behind the Wheel: Dissecting the Stunts." There's also feature commentary with director Paul W.S. Anderson. ...more info
- The Best Whatever This Year
A lot of fun and I was attentive to the 'story' in a slick, gritty, sexy, racing, action film that was a lot better than the lynch-mob attitude towards Anderson. I mean, like he's so Carpenter, what's bad?, except your sorry expectations. Well, mine were lifted! Better than I hoped for! Stephen King said it was the best movie of '08. BD A/V quality; full marks, sound, off the charts; this will test your speakers and LFE will test your windows. ...more info
- Death Race : Remake of Death Race 2000
Death Race is an updated remake of the cult classic movie, Death Race 2000. Where Death Race 2000 took place out on the streets of America, this movie takes place in a high security prison called Terminal Island. It is the year 2012, and the US economy has collapsed, and private companies now run our prisons. "Gladiator Death Races" now entertain the masses of America, and also fund Terminal Island. Inmates drive custom death cars around a prison death track. Inmates may acquire offensive or defensive weapons to eliminate the other racers. The object is to be the last inmate to cross the finish line after 3 stages of the race.
Into this scenario comes Jensen Amos ( Jason Statham), who has been accused and sentenced for the murder of his wife and child. Jensen is offered the opportunity to stand in for Frankenstein, one of the premier death racers, who has died in his last race unbeknownest to the public and other racers. Jensen becomes familiar with his pit crew led by Coach (Ian McShane), and his female assistant, Case (Natalie Martinez). Together, they take on the other Death Racers in the 2 races leading up to the Final Race. Jensen's big rival is Machine Gun Joe (Tyrese Gibson). The warden in charge of Terminal Island and the Death Races is Hennessey, played by a serious Joan Allen.
There is plenty of action, explosions, and deaths in Death Race. One of my favorite scenes, is in Stage 2 of the race, where the racers have to not only take on each other, but the tanker/tank Dreadnaught. The end of that race is very cool, and nicely explained in the Bonus Features. The movie is set in a bleak environment, with alot of greys, blacks, and other dark colors. The special effects are great in the way the various drivers meet their demise.
There are 3 items in the Bonus Features. 1) Start Your Engines: Making a Death Race. Explains the making of Death Race, and how the filmmakers wanted to make a more dark and serious film than Death Race 2000. 2) Behind The Wheel : Dissecting the Stunts. This feature broked down the filming of the stunts and how they were devised. As I mentioned earlier, the part on the Dreadnaught was pretty cool. 3) Feature Commentary with Director and Producer. There are also some trailers of other movies at the beginning of the DVD.
If you enjoy action, cars and crashes, you should like Death Race. Having been a fan of Death Race 2000, I was not disappointed by this remake. Similar but definitely stands on its own! See it !...more info
- Loads Of Fun
Death Race isn't the kind of film, that will any awards, in fact from a harsh critical stand point, the film could be seen as nothing more than a big budget B-movie, however that's what makes the film fun. In the lead Jason Statham gives the kind of performance, Stallone would've brought to the film if it were re-made ten years ago. Statham is given plenty of choices to get hit, throw punches and deliver one-liners. In the second male lead as Machine Gun Joe, Tyrese pretty much walks through the role. One would expect Tyrese to have a ball with the role, but ironically he seems bored with the role. However no one watches this type of movie for the acting, you watch it for the action and there's plenty of it in Death Race. So pop some corn, grab a coke and enjoy the ride....more info
- Cartoon without the artistry of Pixar
You're kidding! This story had to be written by two 12 year olds in their basement after playing a mindless video game. This one is low rent even for Jason Statham. Joan Allen, you've come a long way down. Please tell me Ian Mcshane didn't really make this movie.
The economy is in the dumper and Hollywood wastes money on this garbage.
- welcome to terminal island
I think Jason Statham has acting talent, he just usally takes roles that don't let him use it. Movies like the The Bank Job [Blu-ray] + Digital Copy is where he gets to act. Films like Death Race is where he gets to fight. That being said, he is very skilled at action and martial arts. This film is a guilty pleasure; nothing more, nothing less. For me, Paul W.S Anderson is a hit or miss director. Part of what makes this film a hit for me is less fake CGI; and, more practical effects. Death Race moves along at a very fast pace, which is essental for a popcorn filck; it does not give you time to look at the flaws. There is a ton of brutal violence and car crashs; with some gore. The title, Death Race, says it all. Slow motion is used often; and, there are qute a few big explosions before all is said and done. The strongest acting is done by two of the supporting cast members; Ian McShane and Joan Allen, but the real stars are the cars and the guns. It's your basic story of a man wrongly accused and imprisond; who has to fight for his freedom. The plot is full of cliches; but, is still very fun to watch. On to the Blu-ray...the picture quility is very good; and, the audio is excellent. You can hear shell casings falling all around you; and, it has a very powerful sound track. The extras leave you wanting more; but, the few you get are cool. Both the theatrical cut and extended version of the film are included via seemless branching. ...more info
- Check It Out
I'm a fan of the original "Death Race" (which almost no one has ever even HEARD of!) so I went into this with a little trepidation. However, I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it. Quite violent and gory with solid special effects (as the story requires), with a fairly strong cast and an acceptable updating of the "car race" concept against current trends, the film doesn't try to do much besides provide a solid 2 hours of entertainment. And, in my mind, it certainly succeeds (better than the overhyped "Wanted", for example). There is no cross-country race, which I would have loved to see in it somehow, but regardless, it is an enjoyable romp. ...more info
- Dread Central review!
In the end Death Race is a goofy little movie. If I were thirteen years old with the attention span of a tick, this would probably be my idea of a cool exploitation flick...
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Death Race [Blu-ray]...more info
- Literally, a race to the death!
Jason Statham. The name is synonymous with death-defying car chases, adrenalin-induced action, and his stoic face. Always that stoicism. Another take-down of another bad guy. Hero wins, if Jason Statham's characters can be called heroes.
"Death Race" is no different. This time the "bad guy" is Joan Allen in a role shocking for the character's deep-down, never-fail evil nature. This is a Joan Allen stretched beyond her typical character actor roles. She should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Statham is set up for killing his wife, a cruel joke considering how much he loves her. The warden (Joan Allen) of the prison in this dystopian, post-apocalyptic world wants a replacement for Frankenstein, the winner of the Death Races for which her prison is notorious. She makes lots of money from selling each race to cable for the entertainment of millions. The original Frankenstein died from injuries. Statham is to replace him. That's why he was set up.
This prison is a dark, dreary world of fierce men intent on harming anyone not in their little insulated prison gangs. Latinos. Blacks. Skinheads. And Jason joins what I call the Solitares who band together for the next death race.
The one unrealistic (isn't it all?) piece of the film is the use of gorgeous female inmates as driving assistants, but their assets do add to the ratings. They dress provocatively. Yeah right! And no riot follows? More power to the warden and the inmates' fear of her.
The race is brutal. Prison life is brutal. Everyone is brutal. People die. Ratings skyrocket. The warden smiles. Yet, Jason Statham is the driving force in the film. The viewer must know that what the warden expects will not happen. Worse. She cannot possibly see the ending. It's great.
Don't miss this riveting vehicle for the machismo talent of Jason Statham and how he wins everything. The statement is not a spoiler because you don't have a clue just what he does or how. It's a must-see dark film for action-adventure, post-apocalyptic movie lovers....more info
- Solid three (and a half) stars... Not better
This movie is definitely more entertaining than most professional reviews gave credit for, but maybe not quite as good as over enthusiastic fanboys might give it. I was prepared for the worst going in. I am a fan of the lead actor but saw first hand with "In the Name of the King" just how bad a movie he could get himself envolved in. I read the reviews and removed this item from my preorder list, especially with a price from $26 -$29 on Amazon at that time. I was surprized on the upside once I rented the movie that most of what I feared was unfounded. The action is terrific, the acting is good and not distracting at any point that I noticed. The characters are compelling but, true to one allegation against the movie, not fleshed out much in any way. You literally get just an introduction to many and then the plot moves on to another race. This is a good movie that really could have been even better. On the other hand, for everyone of me, there are two others out there who just want to sit in the easy chair with a beer and watch fantastic car races... with gunfire of course! I will admit, coming from a military background, specifically combat arms, I really like a movie with the heavy base of gunfire and the clink of endless rounds of spent casings falling on the ground. This movie doesn't dissapoint in that area. I still consider this a purchase when the price goes below $15 or $20. I noticed Amazon stopped discounting movies much from the original intro prices you always see on Blu ray of about $26.99-$29.99 once they say their holiday sales were better than most. Time to give Amazon a lesson. In any case, I am also a huge Joan Allen fan and at over 50 she is still one of the most stunning women you will see on screen. My only beef with this movie at all is that the relationships are so underdeveloped it is hard for the viewer to become envolved or invested in what happens to them. Even the revenge plot around Jason's (the lead) family is so thin that you are not sure you care even though you know just enough to understand why. Seriously, 5-10 minutes of character developement really would'nt make this movie drag and you would be more on the edge of your seat caring about what happens. Studios just don't get it sometimes! ...more info
- Cars with 'Tude
What is modern filmmakers' penchant for bleached-out sepia-tinted color that looks like moldy black and white? It does not seduce me. To be frank, it looks just plain ugly. I suppose, in the case of this movie, it signifies the ugliness of the future that awaits us.
Despite its ugly-duckling appearance, "Death Race" is a serviceable action flick starring the charismatic and appealingly imperturbable Jason Statham (of "The Bank Job" fame). Short on plot, "Death Race" is long on action, the explosive action of racing between souped-up, armor-plated, rocket-mounted, grotesque-looking vehicles.
There's one catch to these races: They're not about winning, they're about killing the other competitors. The more racers that are killed, the higher the ratings of the televised matches. It's an interesting theme, but it seems to lack the necessary acerbic wit to pull it off to complete satisfaction.
--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"...more info
- could be better
good action nice cars hot chiks , but it sounded like everything happend fast and left you unsatisfied ....more info
- full of action
death race is a movie full of action, thrills and spills. It is different to the every day jail movies, that has the comment of "O just another one of those jail movies again". I think that because the warden who is played by a female has you kind of thinking that women are just as capable of being deviant as men if not more so. Recommended viewing to see for your self.
- Solid three (and a half) stars... Not better
This movie is definitely more entertaining than most professional reviews gave credit for, but maybe not quite as good as over enthusiastic fanboys might give it. I was prepared for the worst going in. I am a fan of the lead actor but saw first hand with "In the Name of the King" just how bad a movie he could get himself envolved in. I read the reviews and removed this item from my preorder list, especially with a price from $26 -$29 on Amazon at that time. I was surprized on the upside once I rented the movie that most of what I feared was unfounded. The action is terrific, the acting is good and not distracting at any point that I noticed. The characters are compelling but, true to one allegation against the movie, not fleshed out much in any way. You literally get just an introduction to many and then the plot moves on to another race. This is a good movie that really could have been even better. On the other hand, for everyone of me, there are two others out there who just want to sit in the easy chair with a beer and watch fantastic car races... with gunfire of course! I will admit, coming from a military background, specifically combat arms, I really like a movie with the heavy base of gunfire and the clink of endless rounds of spent casings falling on the ground. This movie doesn't dissapoint in that area. I still consider this a purchase when the price goes below $15 or $20. I noticed Amazon stopped discounting movies much from the original intro prices you always see on Blu ray of about $26.99-$29.99 once they say their holiday sales were better than most. Time to give Amazon a lesson. In any case, I am also a huge Joan Allen fan and at over 50 she is still one of the most stunning women you will see on screen. My only beef with this movie at all is that the relationships are so underdeveloped it is hard for the viewer to become envolved or invested in what happens to them. Even the revenge plot around Jason's (the lead) family is so thin that you are not sure you care even though you know just enough to understand why. Seriously, 5-10 minutes of character developement really would'nt make this movie drag and you would be more on the edge of your seat caring about what happens. Studios just don't get it sometimes!...more info
- Action packed
blu-ray is great. if you like action and blood, this is the movie for you....more info
- Increadible movie
This was a hot action packed nonstop racing shooting joyride. Jason statham did it again in this great film of explosive's, car's, and loaded machine gun's. This was the best racing shooting movie i've ever seen. If you haven't seen this this movie yet, see it, it's worth watching....more info
- all action no plot
Death race is the true definition of an action flick. From beginning to end there is action in almost every scene. Which make the movie very entertaining. The down side is the plot/story is very weak and at time predictable. also Tyrese is a horrible actor in almost every movie I have seen him in and this one is no different. Everyone else in the movie just gave an average level of acting. All in all the movie gets 3 stars strictly for the action/entertainment factor. Don't look for much more beyond that....more info
- Fun, turn-off-the-brain enjoyment
Fun, turn-off-the-brain-and-enjoy movie starring Jason Stratham as a wrongfully imprisoned man, who is forced to drive in a deadly race by a sadistic warden (Joan Allen!?!?). Plot reminded me of 'The Running Man', but that didn't get in the way of the enjoying it. 3-stars to watch it once, but I probably don't ever need to see it again.
- You will be surprised!
I remember seeing the previews of this movie thinking "meh". I was wrong. I watched this movie and couldn't believe that it was the movie from the previews. It is no oscar winner for sure, but I doubt anyone reading this thought it would be. It is a very solid action movie. There are some surprisingly great actors in the movie. The cars are cool, the action is great, and the movie delivers.
If you like action movies with a plot that is decent enough to accompany the action then you should add this to your cart or at least to you netflix queue. You won't be disappointed.
If you ever thought that Twisted Metal would be cool to see as a movie then this is it....more info
- Despite The Clich¨¦s, It Was An Entertaining Film
Regardless of the politically-correct finish to this film and the predictable prison stereotypes, this was a fun film to watch simply because it thoroughly entertained. It was a good diversion, filled with total nonsense mayhem and testosterone-gone-wild. In other words, this was a typical Jason Statham film! No matter how many of these ultra-macho men he plays, he gets away with it with charm and likability.
Mostly there are nothing but bad folks in here and a lot of ultra-violent scenes, one-after-the-other. You also have other clich¨¦ prison characters, the kind you see in all prison films since "The Longest Yard." Beware of jiggling hand-held camera scenes, if that kind of thing gives you a headache.
Having said that, I admit the film is interesting start-to-finish, the racing scenes terrific, the film effectively manipulative, and overall qualifies as a decent means of entertainment. Statham is the new Steve Seagal, Jean-Claude VanDamme, etc - but that's okay; some of their movies were fun to watch, too. ...more info