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(The 2008 remake)
Death Race tells the story of Jensen Ames (Jason Statham); a poor family man whose wife is murdered, daughter kidnapped and, to cap it all off, gets framed and arrested. Whilst he's incarcerated in a high security jail, the icy head warden becomes aware of Jensen's past racing history and forces him to enter a no-holds-barred, demolition derby in which contenders tool up their rides with weapons and armour and kill each other on live tv.

I could have forgiven many things about this extraordinarily retarded film. I could have forgiven the shit-for-brains story telling. I could have forgiven the total lack of on-screen chemistry between Jason "permanently-clenched-teeth" Statham and Natalie "the-obligatory-totty" Martinez. I could have even forgiven the idea that we are supposed to believe Jensen is a loving father, despite him appearing to forget that he even has a daughter for the first half of the picture. I could have forgiven it all had the action in the movie been exciting. Well it wasn't. Considering that the entire plot is just an excuse to have cars with guns, the actual races are surprisingly boring. The cars move as fast as a fat man on a segway, and for all the machine gun fire, they seem incapable of actually harming one another. But then putting five tons of armour on all the cars would probably kill the speed and toughen them up a bit. This film is appallingly bad. It isn't even the funny kind of bad. You would get more entertainment out of just bashing a couple of toy Matchbox cars together in your hands. Avoid like the clap.

I watched it (a) for free as part of my cable package, and (b) with a few drinks. It plays good enough for that, but I wouldn't really spend any actual hard cash on it.
comment #125 Morven 30th Apr 09
I think you and I were watching a different movie. I happily went to see it in the cinema when it came out (and we got it three months later than everyone else, mind you) and I own it on DVD. It's also one of my favorite movies. Just the fact that it had little to no CG (all the cars and races, as well as crashes were shot physically) makes it stand out from other car-themed movies (Fast&Furious comes to mind).
comment #1552 188.112.137.18 29th Dec 09
disagree

while this is certainly an In Name Only version of a superior film, it's still entertaining
comment #3122 MacPhisto 30th Jun 10
This review is completely invalidated by the use of the word, "retarded".
comment #6718 70.124.57.151 7th Mar 11
This movie is for manly men who work on their own cars and always wanted to up-armor and arm them to kill other drivers, not fanboys that wet their pants for crap like Transformers. This is silly, stupid, 80's movies revenge/ murder fantasy, not "Shindler's List". It's worth the $5 for the DVD.
comment #15970 conquerat 31st Aug 12
comment #15976 GrandPrincePaulII 31st Aug 12
Needs a wacky racer's dub next.
comment #15985 maninahat 2nd Sep 12
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