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ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ MEETS MAD MAX 2!!! IT'S EVERYTHING THAT THE ROLLERBALL REMAKE WAS NOT!!!!!,
This review is from: Death Race [DVD] (DVD)
Taken at face value, this is a cracking mix of prison movie and futuristic thriller.
The stunts/FX look mostly for real, with CG kept to the minimum.
The tooled up cars are the stars here, especially with all the added firepower (spikes, miniguns, RPGs, Napalm etc). The races & chases are the best and most violent since 1981's Mad Max 2 (and better than in the enjoyable Doomsday) and check out one of THE best car rolls that I've ever seen!
A good ensemble cast for this type of movie, and Jason Statham must have spent months in the gym - loved the Slipknot syle mask that Statham races
in too. It's highly stylised action, and the editing/photography is first rate.
Clearly a decent budget; the minigun bullets alone must have cost a packet!
Interesting nod to The Last Boy Scout at the movie's VERY satisying denouement.
Pitched in USA 2012, after an economic collapse, the background to this looks disturbingly credible at this time...
The director takes some stick at times, but this film delivers exactly as it promises, and despite the fact it's big & dumb, it gets the 4 stars from me.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2009 21:53:50 GMT
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Posted on 19 Mar 2009 21:55:32 GMT
K. L. Procter says:
I must say I did enjoy this film, Much better than I expected and not just for the shots of Jason Statham who look rather hot. From a girlie point of view it is a little violent in parts but what did I expect given the title and my fella would prefer to watch this kind of thing to chick flicks.
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