A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks. Now, adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for televised violence and a spectacular arena come together to form the Death Race.
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Top Critic Reviews
Rotten: Car-crash porn for the modern audience.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 22, 2008
Fresh: An orgasmic mix of on-road mayhem that plays at 1000 miles per hour! Marvel in some terrifically-choreographed stunt
- Clint Morris, Moviehole, Friday, February 27, 2009
Absolutely no real plot or good acting. Awesome balls to the walls action and a hot young lady made this movie passable. Good effects nad lots of fun.
- jmanard52, Monday, February 9, 2009
Maybe i'm partial to this because I love Jason Statham and I love the original Death Race 2000, but this is such a fun and cool movie. While it is essentially a giant car chase, it works so well that it doesn't matter. This takes the original and gives it more depth, meaning and stronger characters. Jason Statham takes the reigns of Frankenstein and makes him even better. This looks great and has flawless car stunts, it doesn't feel fake at all. This happens to be the best thing Paul W.S. Anderson has ever directed, it actually delivers on everything. This makes a fun 80s B-movie become something you can take seriously and appreciate.
- ythelastman89, Thursday, August 12, 2010
An ex-racing car driver is framed for the murder of his wife in order to force him to impersonate the dead star of a gladiatorial game show of the near future. His name was Frankenstein, which is ironic, because this is a cinematic pick'n'mix of many cult sci-fi movies. It has the story of The Running Man with shades of Mean Machine, the themes of Rollerball, the environment of Escape From New York and the style and action of Mad Max. Original, it most certainly ain't. It has the usual trappings of the modern action movie, namely characters who are the inevitable mix of gang banger stereotypes and hotties and it's over directed in the way that has been de rigeur over the past few years, all set to an appalling pop music soundtrack. As a whole, it's like watching a videogame adaptation of a game that doesn't exist. But what a bloody cool videogame it is! The dialogue and characters are shall we say "functional", but it never descends too far into depressing macho porn and leaves plenty of room for the action scenes; in this film the cars are most definitely the stars! The races are thrillingly staged, and are clearly intended as the centrepiece of the film in a similar way to Mad Max 2. It's a shame they had to water down Statham's character by making him an innocent family man, because let's face it, Max and Snake Plissken were so cool precisely BECAUSE they were utter bastards. It may be low brow, but entertaining it truly is, and is one of the few action films I've seen in recent years that actually lives up to its trailer.
- garyX, Friday, November 15, 2013