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Death Race (2008)

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Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.



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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? Written by <>

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Race 3000  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,621,090 (USA) (22 August 2008)


£1,920,818 (UK) (10 October 2008)

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Each car cost an estimated $250,000 - $300,000 to detail for the film. See more »


Sections 2204 and 2207 of Title 44 of the US Criminal Code, as seen in the legalese in parentheses at the end of the disclaimer preceding Death Race ("Title 44, US Criminal Code, Section 2204 and 2207"), actually are "Restrictions on access to Presidential records", and "Vice-Presidential records", respectively. See more »


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Not Bad At All!
15 September 2008 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Definitely better than the ridiculous "Righteous Kill", that we had the doubtful honor to view today also, at the same press screening, here in Bucharest, Romania.

"Death Race" is a honest to God action movie, without any bigger-than-life pretensions. The script follows correctly an old tested and tried recipe, everything is at its place, and although you can easily plot out the whole course since the beginning, somewhat even this sounds good - you simply have the guilty pleasure of savoring again a story that you know from dozens of other movies.

The influences from the racing video games are explicit, and well mastered - me, I fully felt as while playing "Death Rally". Even certain aerial shots are obvious quotes from the computer game imagery. The narrative is nervous and thrilling, the effects professional, the violence degree precisely balanced. Maybe the main virtue of the movie is the cinematography, with admirable chromatic and plastic values. All in all, what it promises, it delivers: a cheap show, well done.

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