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  • Good mindless entertainment!
    If you are looking for snappy dialog, a complex believable plot, excellent acting or a thought-provoking ending, you are looking at the wrong movie! The dialog is a means to move from the last to the next fight or car chase. The acting is good enough for this move but you will not see any of these people at many award shows. Ian McShane, is the best named actor in the move. A number of the supporting cast members are excellent within the type cast character they play so well. This move is not going to be one of the hallmark films for the genre either, as the original "Death Race 2000" did. Having said all these nasty things about this film, why did I watch it?
    It is good mindless fun! The standard story of a stoic hero railroaded by evil business people working for faceless corporations can accommodate another action flick. The acting is good enough, the hero is heroic, the villains are pure evil, the eye-candy is excellent and the action sequences are very very well done! This is a kick off your shoes, loosen your belt, turn off your mind and enjoy yourself! Within that frame, this is a fun way to waste two hours in mindless entertainment.
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  • 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
  • Oh What Fun It Is To Ride
    I love a movie where you don't have to think. My wife claims the opposite, but by the end of "my kind of movies" she always says, "that was better than I thought it would be." Death Race fit this category perfectly.

    Death Race is a remake of 1975's Death Race 2000. I remember seeing Death Race 2000 years ago when I was a teenager (um...many years ago). I don't remember too many details, but I remember loving it; it had Sylvester Stallone in the part of Machine Gun Joe and there was ton of bloody violence. Death Race (2008) lives up to its predecessor with the exception of no Stallone.

    Jason Statham is the lead in the current version of Death Race as Frankenstein...no, not the actual monster....Statham's a legendary driver horribly disfigured by multiple racing wrecks...or is he??? Regardless, the race that Statham is in is no ordinary race; you see, the drivers are all prisoners racing for their freedom if they can manage a 5-victory streak before they are "knocked out" of the standings.

    Death Race was a lot of fun. Deadwood's Ian McShane throws down an enjoyable supporting performance and the whole bloody mess of a movie comes together with a well-told story and good acting to make a very cool action film.

    Check it out.
    ...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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  • 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
  • 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
  • A good solid movie
    Well this was much better than Death Race 2000 from the 70s. The plot was more solid, acting was way better and the action was so good I am sorry I missed it in the big screen. I might have to bring it to work and watch it again on my projection system. My biggest complaint was that there was no video game. I would have loved a game where you could customize cars and race like they did in this movie. Anyway I would like to thank all those who worked on this film. You rock!...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
  • The Staying power of Statham
    Jason Statham. Wow. Even a bad movie he makes a small 30 second cameo in is better for his overwhelming badassness...and this movie isnt too bad. He's what Vin Diesel should've been. I don't think you can really quantify the qualities he adds to a movie, just a sneering, Charles-Bronson-Clint-Eastwood granite-like presence that adds a lot of credibility to an action flick.

    And this flick could probably use some credibility. Dont try to approach Death Race too cereberally, it is named Death Race after all. You can drive the behemoth truck "Dreadnaught" through the plot holes and circumventing of reality this movie frequently puts out there.

    But damn its fun. Ian McShane says it best, "That's entertainment". It is, and a 90 minute movie with no lull in the action is something that is sadly missing from Hollywood these days. As popcorn flicks go, this is one of my favorite in a long, long time....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 ? *
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  • 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
  • Oh What Fun It Is To Ride
    I love a movie where you don't have to think. My wife claims the opposite, but by the end of "my kind of movies" she always says, "that was better than I thought it would be." Death Race fit this category perfectly.

    Death Race is a remake of 1975's Death Race 2000. I remember seeing Death Race 2000 years ago when I was a teenager (um...many years ago). I don't remember too many details, but I remember loving it; it had Sylvester Stallone in the part of Machine Gun Joe and there was ton of bloody violence. Death Race (2008) lives up to its predecessor with the exception of no Stallone.

    Jason Statham is the lead in the current version of Death Race as Frankenstein...no, not the actual monster....Statham's a legendary driver horribly disfigured by multiple racing wrecks...or is he??? Regardless, the race that Statham is in is no ordinary race; you see, the drivers are all prisoners racing for their freedom if they can manage a 5-victory streak before they are "knocked out" of the standings.

    Death Race was a lot of fun. Deadwood's Ian McShane throws down an enjoyable supporting performance and the whole bloody mess of a movie comes together with a well-told story and good acting to make a very cool action film.

    Check it out.
    ...more info
  • LONG BORING AND DUMB!
    I am a fan of the original film, but this slick looking remake is like a bad video game. It's long, not much fun and I found myself wondering why I was wasting my time. Even for a no brain action film, this one doesn't cut it! Watch the original and leave this one in the scrap heap! The DVD transfer look very good....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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  • 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
  • Good Mindless Fun
    The stunts were good....lots of action and interesting background...and even a little humour.
    Guaranteed not to win an Oscar...but who cares....more info
  • This was just silly
    Maybe there are only so many plausible movie plots before they start trying to stretch the plausible ones into movies. I would say to rent this one when it comes out on video and is of the overnight rental shelf, but I can't even do that much.

    1. Can we really be expected to believe that someone was able to find out who was a good racer and unemployed out of a population of 300 million? And then send a killer to this man's house who was a prisoner to kill his wife and frame him for it?

    2. Can we really be expected to believe that even though the US economy collapsed that something like 70 million people had enough disposable income to pay $250 to watch people kill each other with race cars?

    3. OSHA and various arms of the federal government have made life unbearable for people who have to work with chemicals. It is no exaggeration to say that the compliances costs of any business are more expensive than the capital. And yet there was no government arm to be found anywhere in a business where 5-6 contestants got killed every week.

    4. Prisoners in the USA have been known to sue prisons over serving them crunchy peanut butter. Can we really believe that people lived in the conditions that were in this prison?

    5. Ok......so the warden puts a bomb in the car. When it was shown to have been put on the car, it was attached as securely as if it has been put on with a piece of duct tape. And we are really supposed to believe that: A) Someone expected it to stay on a car moving at 150 mph with bullets being shot at it from every direction; B) The people who found it knew exactly where it was and how to detonate it; C) The device could be sent back to the warden and detonated with a detonator that was made by PRISON MECHANICS???

    I'm glad that I only spent 5RMB on this (US$0.83) and would advise any buyers to spend no more than that....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
  • could be better
    good action nice cars hot chiks , but it sounded like everything happend fast and left you unsatisfied ....more info
  • Price for this
    I dont understand the high price of this dvd. Just about all single disc dvds are around $16.99 this hasnt been under $20.00 & is now $26.99. The movie is ok but i would never pay the high price for it im wondering if Universal is trying to make some of the box office total back by asking such a high price....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
  • 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