Jason Statham, awesome. If you liked him in The Transporter, Crank, his driving movies, you'll enjoy him in this film. The problem with this film overall is that it tries to be almost a video game, super mario gets power ups, people get shot at constantly but don't die, cars are almost superheros, our hero lead character sets his car to "no damage, easy play level." It's actaully kind of annoying.
The Mad Max homage is huge, he drove a Jensen Interceptor. Jason Statham's name is Jensen. Coach (Ian MacShane, Lovejoy) remembers driving several, like trucks. The racing action is so Mad Max.
The action is wild. It's furious. There are blood and guts everywhere. There are several moments where the director has gone "too far" with killing somebody. And the whole back story is a bit hard to really believe. The plot is predictable.
However, the sound is really well done, those explosions are great. The cast has a ton of potential, Frederick Koehler as Lines, and Natalie Martinez as Elizabeth Case. And they frequently work well together. Visually the film was done well, especially the opening 15 minutes.
Deathrace is mindless, gore ridden, foul language riddled movie.
Most definately R rated for violence and language. There is no nudity (the slo-mo women exiting the bus is a bit too far over the top). And should be watched on a big screen with a good sound system.
The DVD includes some special features, theatrical and unrated releases, and some making of featurettes.
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Aug 5, 2010
Nov 13, 2010 06:55 PM UTC
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Mayhem rules inDeath Race, a head-over-heels remake of the Roger Corman cult classicDeath Race 2000, in which cars become lethal weapons. The strength of this new version is its total single-mindedness about vehicular homicide; it has the virtue of no cluttering subplots or simpering sentimentality. And banish all memory of the original's wild satirical comedy:Death Raceis as grim as a dinner tray to the face (a reference that will be explained in a key sequence). In a slightly futuristic maximum-security prison, cons take part in brutal races around the island prison, their violent deaths watched live by millions of viewers. Jason Statham, possibly cast because of his driving dexterity in theTransportermovies, plays a man wrongly imprisoned for murder. Joan Allen provides her brittle cool as the warden, who recruits Statham to assume the masked persona of a legendary driver called Frankenstein. Tyrese Gibson is Frankie's main rival, Natalie Martinez provides the fetching eye candy, but the acting honors go to Ian McShane, as the philosophical prison mechanic. One misses the cross-country race from the original film, as the setting here is claustrophobic and the cars are largely colorless and indistinguishable from each other. Director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) continues to display the sensibility of a video-game addict, which will either be a recommendation or a turn-off, depending on your own tastes. At least it doesn't have the hypocritical moral ...