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Death Race (2008)
quite decent actually
Guys in ridiculously armed cars shooting the hell out of each other to gain their freedom. That's Death Race in a nutshell.
Jason Statham plays Jensen Ames , a factory worker who gets send to prison because he presumably killed his wife. There , he gets to compete for his freedom in a popular sporting event : Death race. If he wins three races , he gets his freedom. The story is really basic so don't expect much.
Statham's performance is not one of his bests but it does the job. The other performances are quite solid to , but one performance is just great : Joan Allen as the warden. She just acts great, as usual, ad lifts the acting to a good level.
Now here's mu main complaint. This is a movie where you are supposed to be excited when you watch it. I don't have this feeling. Sure , the action looks nice, the cars are cool , but never in any of the race sequences do I feel excited. The fight scenes out of the car , are ironically better in my opinion , than the car scenes. So that holds back the movie in a way.
So overall , the movie is decent but could have been much better.
Rating : 6/10