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  • 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
  • It is what it is
    If you've read the critic reviews of this movie prior to watching you're expecting a horrible movie, devoid of any sort of enjoyment whatsoever. To a point they are right, there are a lot of ways that this movie lacks. The story is pretty weak, and there is an awful lot of overacting in this movie.

    But that said, the movie is what it is. Action packed from beginning to end and enough to keep any action junkie satisfied.

    Don't put too much into this film and you'll get what you should expect, a fun diversion for an hour and 45 minutes with enough groans and "ewws" to make you not regret it....more info
  • What do you want for the bargain price of $250.00??!!
    I swear I'm becoming a fan of these types of films!

    Once the whiners finish with their laundry list of "Why I didn't like's", what we are left with is a reasonably decent remake of the obviously dated but campy Corman original. Corman also had a hand in making this one, as well, so it's no wonder the film comes off the way it does.

    I'm not one for Jason Statham (he's just too UGLY), but he does well in action flicks. He plays well off the other principles even for a guy with as sparse dialog as Statham had.

    The story is spare as is necessary for action films of this type, but not totally lost amidst the carnage, I think the real stars are the cars. It's one of the few (VERY few) times that guns were bolted to cars in a semi-believable manner. I also liked the nice touch of bringing back David Carradine to reprise his role as the original Frankenstein at the start of the film, even if it was only a voice-over.

    There are so many things in this film that cannot be taken seriously by ANY measure, but the film IS exciting. So it doesn't have a story, the characters are two-dimensional, the premise is TOTALLY unbelievable, but hey, the death and destruction are more than just on-par. I mean, you have to admit, there are some pretty unique and novel ways to die in this film.

    Blood, guts and carnage. I'm popping some popcorn and am going to sit back and watch "Death Race". I've paid my $99.00 for stage one!...more info
  • 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 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
  • could be better
    good action nice cars hot chiks , but it sounded like everything happend fast and left you unsatisfied ....more info
  • REMAKE OF THE CORMAN CLASSIC
    DEATH RACE

    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.
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  • 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
  • Action packed
    blu-ray is great. if you like action and blood, this is the movie for you....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
  • 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
  • Lots of fun!!
    My expectations were low for this movie but I really enjoyed it. It was action packed and lots of fun!!!...more info
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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...

    Read the whole review on DreadCentral.com!

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  • 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 ? *
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  • 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
  • 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.
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  • Death Race 2000
    Excellent movie a real guys movie lots of gunz and lots of chicks.Incredible action....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
  • 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
  • ACTION, ACTION!
    This movie didn't shoot for an oscar nod, it's just a straight up action movie. Jason Statham is doing his usual hard faced, kick butt role, which is what he does best. The race/fight scenes are excellent and I really enjoyed them.

    The only thing that was kind of off note is the female co-pilots. The explanation for them seemed forced and just didn't jive, but that's the only weak point.

    So if you want some hardcore action, and a Mad Max style movie this is it!...more info