Thursday, 28 April 2011



Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller


In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release?

"Now that's entertainment!"

*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I wasn't looking for anything deep, I wasn't looking for anything serious, no Oscar winning actors, no award winning script, I just wanted an action movie, this summer we got Death Race, a movie where the script and characters are just never explored, but the action is non stop and so exciting. I don't know why, but we just need action movies like that and one of the things that I did enjoy about this was that it reminded me of those old grind house films that have quick editing and fast paced stories that are just awesome stories to watch because of the stunts. This is a different form of The Fast and The Furious, only just not with all the fancy gadgets which I like. Also, Jason Statham, this guy is just awesome in action movies, he makes such a great lead in any action role and is such an awesome tough guy that you don't want to mess with.

Based off the 70's film "Death Race 2000", it's 2012, the economy is in bad shape, employment is down, but entertainment is up, especially in prison where racing has become the new gladiator fights. Jenson's wife is murdered and he is framed for it, landing him him in prison, where he is approached by the leader of the Death Race program, Hennessey, and she offers him to race for his freedom if he can make it out alive. But there's something a little deeper when it seems like he was put in prison on purpose so he could race.

Death Race is just pure entertainment, it's nothing original, we don't really know the characters that well or what their motives are, but the reason why this movie is enjoyable is just the awesome action that is endless. I loved the editing, it made the race scenes that much more exciting. I would recommend this movie if you are looking for fun, like I said before we just need a pure action movie sometimes and Death Race is a perfect film on that level. I had a great time watching this movie and am looking forward to seeing it again for a good time.


Directed by
Paul W.S. Anderson 
Writing credits
Paul W.S. Anderson (screenplay)
Paul W.S. Anderson (screen story)
Robert Thom (1975 screenplay Death Race 2000) and
Charles B. Griffith (1975 screenplay Death Race 2000) (as Charles Griffith)
Ib Melchior (1975 story Death Race 2000)
Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification
Jason Statham ... Jensen Ames
Joan Allen ... Hennessey
Ian McShane ... Coach
Tyrese Gibson ... Machine Gun Joe
Natalie Martinez ... Case
Max Ryan ... Pachenko
Jason Clarke ... Ulrich
Frederick Koehler ... Lists (as Fred Koehler)
Jacob Vargas ... Gunner
Justin Mader ... Travis Colt
Robert LaSardo ... Grimm
Robin Shou ... 14K
Benz Antoine ... Joe's Navigator
Danny Blanco Hall ... Joe's Navigator
Christian Paul ... Joe's Navigator
Janaya Stephens ... Suzy
John Fallon ... Neo Nazi
Bruce McFee ... Old Timer
Cory Fantie ... Disgusted Worker
Russell Ferrier ... Angry Worker
Anna-Marie Frances Lea ... Nasty Teller (as Anna Marie Frances Lea)
Dan Jeannotte ... Hennessey Tech
David Carradine ... Frankenstein (voice)
Dick Ervasti ... Commercial (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nir Assayag ... Disgruntled Inmate #6 (uncredited)
Marcello Bezina ... Policeman #1 (uncredited)
Melantha Blackthorne ... Pachenko's Navigator (uncredited)
Lydie Bounay ... BMW Navigator (uncredited)
Ruth Chiang ... 14K's Navigator (uncredited)
Carolyn Day ... Colt's Navigator (uncredited)
Marie France Denoncourt ... Trans Am #2 Navigator (uncredited)
Jere Gillis ... Policeman #2 (uncredited)
Nathalie Girard ... Boattail Navigator (uncredited)
Larry Goldstein ... Disgruntled Inmate #5 (uncredited)
Gerardo Lo Dico ... Prison Guard - 2008 (uncredited)
Ivan Peric ... Steel Factory Worker (uncredited)
Sharlene Royer ... Grimm's Navigator (uncredited)
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Produced by
Paul W.S. Anderson .... producer
Jeremy Bolt .... producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Don Granger .... executive producer
Dennis E. Jones .... executive producer
Ryan Kavanaugh .... executive producer
Paula Wagner .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Haslinger 
Cinematography by
Scott Kevan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Niven Howie 

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