Death Race

B.5

(out of 5)


After the U.S. succumbs to a devastating economic collapse in 2012, federal penitentiaries are privatized and run by greedy corporations. The bosses now make money off their prisoners by having them participate in highly dangerous car races that fight to the death, a modern gladiatorial spectator sport that proves to be highly lucrative. After waking up next to his dead wife, Jason Statham is accused of stabbing her, sent to jail and recruited by the ice-hearted warden (Joan Allen) to take over for the ace driver and fan favourite who died in the last big match. Our hero is reluctant except for one giant carrot dangling in front of him; winning this race might mean being freed from prison, and possibly clearing his name. Formualaic, tired and messy, this remake of the 1975 cult favourite starring Sylvester Stallone and David Carradine is uninspired and idiotic; any action film that feels the need to start with a written introduction to its ever-so-deeply plotted narrative is bound to be worthy of the dungheap, a prediction that Death Race proves correct once you get into the trashy dialogue and hackneyed stock characters that abound. Allen is the biggest disappointment, a great actress who maligns her reputation in such a laughably tacky role.


Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Cruise/Wagner Productions, H2S2 Filmproduktionsgesellschaft, Scion Films, Impact Pictures

USA/Germany/United Kingdom, 2008

Directed by

Screen story and Screenplay by Paul W.S. Anderson, based on the 1975 film Death Race 2000, story by , screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by Paul W.S. Anderson, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by 

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