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Death Race (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  22 August 2008 (USA)
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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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22 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Death Race 3000  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£1,920,818 (UK) (10 October 2008)
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Trivia

This remake largely came about after Roger Corman saw and liked Paul W.S. Anderson's first film Shopping (1994). Corman secured the rights to show the film in the US and at that point asked Anderson what film he'd like to make next. Anderson cited this one, though it ultimately took 13 years for that to come to fruition. See more »

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When Machine Gun Joe slams into Frankenstein's car at the end of the first race, the driver's door is completely wasted, when it cuts away to Jensen inside the car, the door is magically "fixed". 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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