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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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Paul W.S. Anderson

Writers:

Paul W.S. Anderson (screenplay), Paul W.S. Anderson (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Jensen Ames
Joan Allen ... Hennessey
Ian McShane ... Coach
Tyrese Gibson ... Machine Gun Joe
Natalie Martinez ... Case
Max Ryan ... Pachenko
Jason Clarke ... Ulrich
Frederick Koehler ... Lists (as Frederick Koehler)
Jacob Vargas ... Gunner
Justin Mader ... Travis Colt
Robert LaSardo ... Grimm
Robin Shou ... 14K
Benz Antoine ... Joe's Navigator
Danny Blanco Hall Danny Blanco Hall ... Joe's Navigator
Christian Paul ... Joe's Navigator
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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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Get ready for a killer race. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Coincidentally, Jason Statham has had films open in the same weeks in August for five consecutive years: Cellular (2004), Transporter 2 (2005), Crank (2006), War (2007), and this film. See more »

Goofs

The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS that Martinez arrives in at the end of the movie has the wheels turned all the way to the right. when she gets out of the car, the wheels are turned all the way to the left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 »

Connections

References Aliens (1986) See more »

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Maybe Tomorrow
Written by Stuart Cable, Kelly Jones, Richard Jones
Performed by Stereophonics
Courtesy of V2 Music Limited
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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who needs a plot when there's explosion and mayhem?
21 August 2008 | by NolanSorrentoSee all my reviews

2012 the economy has hit bottom, broke through and has kept on descending. Along the way prisons have been handed over to the private sector that have chosen to make a profit by broadcasting gladiatorial style death matches starring the inmates, with the reward to the inmates after 5 victories – FREEDOM Enter Jensen Ames (Jason Stratham) a recently unemployed steel worker and former race car driver who lost his license but no matter how bad things are, he's a happy man as long as he has his family.

That is, until he's set up for the murder of his wife, imprisoned, and forced to compete in Death Race if he ever hopes to see his daughter again.

But enough of the plot! A paragraph blurb at the start and 8 minutes of character development is pushing the limits of this flick and that's not why a person would see a W.S. Anderson/Jason Stratham action flick and besides, a plot would allow "plot holes" and who needs to deal with that headache? The rest of the movie takes place in the 3 days of Death Race. The first 2 days are competition/elimination rounds reminiscent of Mario Kart as if it was designed by some rogue member of GTA on a disgruntled day but who loved the hidden short cuts and power-ups.

Amongst all the adrenaline filled action, Anderson makes sure to toss in the occasional character development or when he's feeling really daring he'll toss in some pseudo-dramatic realization our hero comes across which helps remind the movie-goer that the movie has a plot rather than just a string of explosive action sequence. All of this is done with the utmost use of cliché and designed to inspire the excitable little 12 year old boy in many of us to stay riveted in our seats as we wait for Jensen to strike with angry revenge for all he's been through.

The movie is everything a modern day movie aficionado should not like. It's brainless, sexist, ridiculously violent, and lacks any redeemable qualities. These are also all the reasons why I had so much fun with the movie. I went seeing what I expected and that's exactly what I wanted to see!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Race 3000 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,621,090, 24 August 2008

Gross USA:

$36,316,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,014,335
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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