Death Race

Since all Paul WS Anderson’s films (‘Resident Evil’, ‘AVP’ etc.) are video-game-inflected compendia of his favourite ’70s films, a remake of Paul Bartel’s violent exploitation movie ‘Death Race 2000’ (1975) as a futuristic ‘reality’ TV show makes perfect sense. The same cannot be said for the MOT-failure of a plot, which is in constant danger of having its wheels come off.
Bullet-headed action man Jason Statham (above) launches himself fearlessly into his role as steel worker Jensen Ames, framed for murder by Joan Allen’s elegant prison governor, who finds himself taking over the role of masked racer and audience favourite, ‘Frankenstein’. The deal is, win five races, go free; but first Ames has to use his driving skills and some serious firepower to defeat cartoon villains with nicknames such as Machine Gun Joe and The Grimm Reaper. It’s brainless fun, but while Anderson’s brilliant staging of the flesh-ripping stunts surpasses Bartel’s cheap thrills, this update lacks the sardonic wit and satirical bite of the Corman-produced version.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday September 26 2008
Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul WS Anderson
Screenwriter: Paul WS Anderson
Cast: Jason Statham
Joan Allen
Ian McShane
Tyrese Gibson
Natalie Martinez

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Muthukumar

Fast pace manly film, Concept is more related to the movie 'Condemned'. But would be a very good non disappointing Jason statham movie.

Steve

The original Deathrace 2000 film of 1974 was more like the cartoon "Wacky Races" but with controversial British director Paul W.S. Anderson at the wheel it's become what Mad Max 2 should've been. This loosely based remake is almost devoid of plot and characterisation as expected but if you're after hardcore industrial carnage you won't be disappointed. For petrol-heads only.

Steve

The original Deathrace 2000 film of 1974 was more like the cartoon "Wacky Races" but with controversial British director Paul W.S. Anderson at the wheel it's become what Mad Max 2 should've been. This loosely based remake is almost devoid of plot and characterisation as expected but if you're after hardcore industrial carnage you won't be disappointed. For petrol-heads only.