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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Get ready for a killer race. See more »


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

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22 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Race 3000  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$36,064,910 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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Trivia

Frankenstein's prison number is 27452. See more »

Goofs

In Stage 2 of the race right before The Dreadnought gets destroyed, you see from the front view, Frank's car on the left & Joe's on the right. Yet the when the close up clip cuts to the 2 cars activating the Death Head trap together, Frank & Joe's cars have suddenly switch opposite sides for a brief moment before the shot cuts back to the forward shot of Frank's & Joe's cars back in their original positions. The shot is obviously mirrored. See more »

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Case: [while being shot at during Death Race] Damn it!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, the line "Okay cocksucker. Fuck with me, and we'll see who shits on the sidewalk" is heard again. See more »

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5th Set
Written by Mark Maher, Janet English, Damian Whitty
Performed by Spiderbait
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia PTY LTD.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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