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4.0 out of 5 stars The Race was Won, 15 May 2011
This review is from: Death Race 2000 [1975] [DVD] (DVD)
More a 3.5 type of film.

Cult based antics derived from the end of Americas internal cold war. Flash back 20 years to 1955 and the makers of this film would have been cuffed off to a hearing for sedition and blacklisted for the rest of their careers. Sylvester Stallone and Carradine ushering in a new era before the former jumped ship and created a machine gun blast for Reaganomics with his Rambo histrionics.

It created a furore when released as the papes gained a moral outrage about copycat killings. The death rate on American roads was phenomenal without any film encouragement.

Here the beefcake is contained within the sports cars all attired with Barbie Dolls with a sinister cutting edge. Based on the Roman concept the more bloodthirsty the games the greater the social cohesion, our anti heroes drive across the USA mowing down pedestrians in slightly hilarious fashion underscored with Peckinpah blood bags bringing it into the slightly more real.

A Hippie film that says more about Vietnam and the USA mentality than Green Beret or Platoon strangely enough. It was all based on the body bag count and acted as a sideshow to glue society together. In this scenario the prsident is a type of National Socialist francshise holder. An underground resistance aims to topple him through sabotaging the race. There are numerous other satirical spins such as the news casters buring the bad news, the populace braying for blood, nurses trying to commit euthenasia and ending up dead in the proces, inane media chatter. This film hits all the buttons.

Worth a look again but not a great, as everything apart from the message is dated. It survives primarily as a museum piece of an era. It is how the future is envisaged in 1975, wierd now we have lived it. It was never as po faced as the film makes out, it was much more mundane, the 1970's with mobile phones with phoney wars, more disposable wealth, the growth of sex and sport.

The future was never as interesting as this film envisaged, partly because the warnings were headed. Countries could just have slipped backwards into 1932 as the seeds are already there, they just need a leader to germinate them. However as the film shows, now there is a more aware resistance. However as recent events have shown, these can also be incorporated to bring about even more draconian states of being.

In that case the film is naive and not debased enough.
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