These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Death Race
Alternative Character Interpretation: Some people believe that she actually means it when she implies that she wants to give inspiration to the audience and move them, and simply views manipulating Jensen into participating as a means to a positive end. Hennessey intends it as a genuine gesture of goodwill, rather that using something "hard to come by" to her advantage as a hook for higher viewers and therefore higher profits.
Faux Symbolism: The United States economy collapses in 2012, the year the world is supposed to end according to superstition. They also throw in Grimm's belief that Hennessey is an avatar of the Hindu goddess of death, Kali.
Fridge Logic: The Dreadnought comes out during the second day of the race and tries to kill everybody, and very nearly succeeds. ... What was Hennessy going to do for the third day of the race? Just have it drive around the track by itself firing of weapons at nothing?
Coach was probably correct that she'd have called it off before then. Possibly she'd been planning for the last racer alive to face the Dreadnought one-on-one in the final contest, and, of course, it would have won.
Ho Yay: Jensen and Machine Gun Joe. They end up living together in Mexico with Jensen's daughter.
And there's that one guard that seems to love watching Jensen do just about anything...
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: This would've made an excellent version of Twisted Metal! It was absolutely brilliant how they devised away to adapt the weapons pick-ups often found in video games of the Wacky Racing genre — electric sensors in the ground that when turned on and driven over, deactivate the kill switch, thus allowing them to be used. A great way to fake the "transfer" of weapons from one car to another.