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In the near future America's jails are privately run for profit, and the most profitable thing about them are the Death Races, very violent rally car races with offenders at the wheel that are screened to the waiting masses in a fashion reminiscent of the Caesars' circuses in ancient Rome, providing enough bloody spectacle to keep the bored populance amused.

Jason Statham is framed for murder and brought into a prison specifically to be a racing driver, replacing recently (but secretly) deceased legendary masked driver Frankenstein. It's all a lot of fun as he tries to survive on the race track and at the same time works out who really killed his wife and how to take revenge. The grand finale is all rather well done and highly entertaining.

The movie makers have obviously immersed themselves in the prison movie genre, and no hoary old cliché is left unclichéd. Many scenes are reminiscent of Shawshank Redemption (with TV's very own Lovejoy Ian McShane adding the gravitas in the Morgan Freeman role of old prison hand and mentor) and the setting of the prison on an island almost has to be homage to all those Alcatraz movies. The scenes when Statham is first introduced to the inmates look like a Face/Off rip off. But while it might not be original it is exceedingly well done, meting out lots of exciting car racing, a fairly easy to follow plot and a grand thrilling finale in which you know what the result is going to be, it's just fun seeing the inventive way in which they get there.

The film is a remake of the 1970's Roger Corman classic `Deathcar 2000'. It is a total reinvention, but still pretty effective and entertaining. In a nice touch David Carradine, who plays Frankenstein in the original film, voices the `real' Frankenstein seen briefly at the beginning of the new film. It's never going to be a classic, but it is a highly effective and entertaining action film that ticks all the boxes. A little less cliché and more originality wouldn't have gone amiss, so only 4 instead of 5 stars.
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In the near future America's jails are privately run for profit, and the most profitable thing about them are the Death Races, very violent rally car races with offenders at the wheel that are screened to the waiting masses in a fashion reminiscent of the Caesars' circuses in ancient Rome, providing enough bloody spectacle to keep the bored populance amused.

Jason Statham is framed for murder and brought into a prison specifically to be a racing driver, replacing recently (but secretly) deceased legendary masked driver Frankenstein. It's all a lot of fun as he tries to survive on the race track and at the same time works out who really killed his wife and how to take revenge. The grand finale is all rather well done and highly entertaining.

The movie makers have obviously immersed themselves in the prison movie genre, and no hoary old cliché is left unclichéd. Many scenes are reminiscent of Shawshank Redemption (with TV's very own Lovejoy Ian McShane adding the gravitas in the Morgan Freeman role of old prison hand and mentor) and the setting of the prison on an island almost has to be homage to all those Alcatraz movies. The scenes when Statham is first introduced to the inmates look like a Face/Off rip off. But while it might not be original it is exceedingly well done, meting out lots of exciting car racing, a fairly easy to follow plot and a grand thrilling finale in which you know what the result is going to be, it's just fun seeing the inventive way in which they get there.

The film is a remake of the 1970's Roger Corman classic `Deathcar 2000'. It is a total reinvention, but still pretty effective and entertaining. In a nice touch David Carradine, who plays Frankenstein in the original film, voices the `real' Frankenstein seen briefly at the beginning of the new film. It's never going to be a classic, but it is a highly effective and entertaining action film that ticks all the boxes. A little less cliché and more originality wouldn't have gone amiss, so only 4 instead of 5 stars.
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on 17 November 2010
Take an action Star, put it into a futuristic landscape made of violence, money and lies. The result is a totally amazing and funny movie in which we can see aggressive cars, great actors, stunning action sequences... A lot of fun. Audio and video on this bluray are really great, these two elements, united with the fun of the movie, bring Death Race to the empire of the must have bluray for the action movie lovers.
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on 9 November 2012
A metal crunching, thunderous action film which will keep you thoroughly entertained throughout. Yes, you read that correctly, an entertaining action film from the normally lamentable Paul WS Anderson.

Don't get me wrong, his normal trademarks are still present an correct. No character development, fast cuts, basic story. But somehow this time out it all fits. The races are brutal and fast with some variations to each one. The cars themselves are all suitably nasty looking with all their armour and weaponry.

Ian McShane is seriously wasted in a very minor role. He just seems to be there to growl about his cars and have his snappy one liner to end the film. Joan Allen looks like she is enjoying playing the hard ass bad guy for a change and again this is an element that seems to work.

The film is a no brainer, but it is fun. Gory, brutal and full of action, you can't really go wrong for a Saturday night!
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on 28 January 2009
Switch your brain off, open a beer and enjoy. If you've ever owned a y-chromosome you'll probably enjoy this movie. True, there are dull parts where the actors speak and attempt to... what's it called... act? But on the whole it's about FWOOM! There is some BIFFing, quite a bit of CHAKKA-CHAKKA-CHAKKAing and even one incidence of KASHPLOOMing (he shouldn't have got out of the car). Of a running time of 106 minutes, at least half of that involves cars somersaulting through the air on fire, maniacal gunplay and bizarre eviscerations. Necks are broken, arteries are opened, fuel tanks are ignited. There are muscle cars, pick-ups and a Lorry-of-Death. I love this film. It may be the best film of all time. The only reason it doesn't get five stars is because it didn't come with a pizza.
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'Jason Statham' plays 'Jensen Ames' a man convicted of killing his wife and sent to a really 'hard -regime' prison in the not to distant future.
In prison after some brutal treatment he is offered a way out. by the prison govenor....if....he competes in the 'prison' internet scam which invites large audiences to witness a 'Death Race' during which, even the winner may not survive.
'Jensen' has to pretend to be racing hero 'Frankenstien' who had perished in the previous race but kept alive to attract millions of 'fans/viewers'
This is a fast moving and exciting film, the dialog isn't great, but there is enough 'explosions, machine gun fire and stunts to paper over any short-coming it may have.
verdict..-.enough content to at least watch.
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VINE VOICEon 16 January 2009
`Death Race' is a re-make of the Stalonne movie from the 70's and stars Jason Stratham as a framed prisoner in a futuristic world where convicts are used for entertainment in a web-based show in which they must kill each other in a brutal race. Stratham's character is made an offer where if he takes the place of an severely injured racer, the masked Frankenstein, and wins he is allowed to go free.

It hasn't got the most complex plot, in fact you could probably understand perfectly what is going on if you walked in halfway through but that doesn't stop it from being a very enjoyable action film. The near-futuristic setting, the fast-editing and strong violence make this film very reminiscent of the classic action films of the 70's and 80's, like the original Death Race 2000, The Running Man and the more recent The Condemned.

If you like films with tough good guys, sick and unlikeable bad guys and non-stop action for 100 mins then I definitely recommend this one. 3.5/5.
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on 8 February 2009
Paul W.S. Anderson is not a good director. Its for this reason the film is just about average. Poor script. No character development and a dumb story.
Anderson steals a lot of ideas and dialogue from other action movies and tries to fit it in to this one. The whole thing just feels a little lazy.

I think a more talented director could of made something alot better with the idea.
Race scenes arent bad but they do tend to get dull towards the end (as they only race round a bland industrial track).

Worth a rent if you cant find anything else but wouldnt buy it
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on 3 February 2010
As soon as you see the films opening you just KNOW that Mr.Muscles STATHAM is going to be up to his old tricks.A quick murder/frame-up and he is banged-up and soon has to take over the driving spot from the injured Supremo, Frankenstein. But he is promised his freedom IF, just IF he wins ONE race for the CROOKED warden (Joan Allen at her most ACID best)but he soon learns who he can and cannot trust. Also stars Ian McShane among others. Problem for Statham now is that he is TYPECAST for this TYPE OF ROLE or a roll involving Karate/taekwando or whatever.
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on 25 April 2011
It gets ever more difficult when reviewing films to decide whether to base my score on a purely individual basis or to take into account previous scores I have given to other films.

The remake of Death Race is a perfect example. If you love the 'Mad Max' films and the 'Fast and The Furious' franchise amongst others then you are probably going to give this a 4 or 5 star review. On the other hand when looking it at it in an overall context of cinema and what makes a good film (in my opinion at least) then this is only going to get 2 stars (at best) so I've tried to be fair by given it a 3.

By no means awful, this film does exactly what you would expect it to do, which is concentrate on the action sequences. These are very well done but nothing I haven't seen before in other films. The plot on the other hand is dumb and the acting mediocre at best (Quite surprised to see Ian McShane and Joan Allen in this but I suspect getting paid is more important sometimes than the quality of the film itself). Jason Statham plays to type. You could say he is making quite a career for himself playing the same character! and the same could be said for the director who lately seems to be pretty much making the same film over and over.

If you want lots of explosions, fast cars and a couple of gory deaths on a Friday Night this is perfect fodder. If you want more than that then tread warily
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