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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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Storyline

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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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

One of the remits for Jason Statham and his numerous fight scenes in the film was that he should never resort to martial arts as that would be too reminiscent of his Transporter films. 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

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References Aliens (1986) See more »

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Performed by Mary J. Blige
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Great Movie
22 August 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I went into Death Race with really no idea what to expect from it. I am a big fan of Jason Statham movies but the concept of this movie hadn't really made me too excited to see it. Nevertheless this is a great movie, the humor is spot on throughout the movie, though this is definitely no comedy. The action is fast paced throughout and they come up with some pretty creative ways for characters to get killed. I found the story to obviously be a bit far fetched with it being people racing in a prison and all but never that didn't ruin the movie at all and I ended up loving the storyline. Overall, the acting was great, and it had great effects and a good storyline. I consider this a must watch for those who love action movies. 9/10


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