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Death Race 2050 (2017)

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In the year 2050 the planet has become overpopulated, to help control population the government develops a "Death Race." Annually competitors race across the country scoring points for ... See full summary »

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G.J. Echternkamp

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G.J. Echternkamp, Maria Haras (story editor) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manu Bennett ... Frankenstein
Malcolm McDowell ... Chairman
Marci Miller ... Annie Sullivan
Burt Grinstead ... Jed Perfectus
Folake Olowofoyeku ... Minerva Jefferson
Anessa Ramsey ... Tammy
Yancy Butler ... Alexis Hamilton
Charlie Farrell ... JB
Shanna Olson ... Grace Tickle
Leslie Shaw Leslie Shaw ... Eve
Helen Loris Helen Loris ... Dr. Creamer
Pierre Paolo Goya Kobashigawa Pierre Paolo Goya Kobashigawa ... Chi Wapp
Sebastian Llosa Sebastian Llosa ... Steve
Debbie Mcintosh Debbie Mcintosh ... Steve's Grandma
Emilio Montero Emilio Montero ... Pablo Zapata
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In the year 2050 the planet has become overpopulated, to help control population the government develops a "Death Race." Annually competitors race across the country scoring points for killing people with their vehicles.

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Rated R for violence and gore throughout, language, and some sexual material and nudity | See all certifications »

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English

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17 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 See more »

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After killing the rebel ninjas in the field Frankenstein's score is shown as 255, he then kills another rebel on the road which should give him 265. When the scoreboard is shown after reaching Checkpoint 2 his score is listed as 240. See more »

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Jed Perfectus: Why can't they see me as I see myself? A kind gentle soul imprisoned by abs of steel.
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Remake of Death Race 2000 (1975) See more »

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Howlin' For My Woman
Written by Eric Boitier
Performed by King Salami & the Cumberland Three
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Hopefully There Won't Be Another Movie This Year as Annoying As This One
23 January 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Death Race 2050 (2017)

* (out of 4)

The second remake of the cult favorite 1975 film has Manu Bennett playing Frankenstein, one of five racers who is in the cross country race that gives its driver bonus points for running down pedestrians.

DEATH RACE 2050 is an extremely lazy, extremely boring and extremely annoying remake that sadly doesn't really get much of anything right. I'm one that is all for remakes but there's no question that sometimes they are disastrously wrong and that's the case for this one. The original 1975 film was a very fun film that's low-budget was used for some campy and it worked. The 2008 version wasn't all that great but it was mildly entertaining for what it was. This one, however, has so many bad things in it that it's hard to recommend anything about it.

There are all sorts of annoying things here but I think the most annoying is the fact that the film tries on purpose to be campy and it just doesn't work. The characters all seem to have been influenced by THE HUNGER GAMES and this too is rather pointless. The film has the majority of the characters either acting stupid or just so over-the-top that you're wishing they'd be killed off. The Frankenstein character, on the other hand, is extremely bland and just doesn't come across as entertaining. It certainly doesn't help that Bennett doesn't add much to the role but to be fair none of the supporting players bring much to their roles and this includes poor Malcolm McDowell who is picking up another paycheck.

The CGI effects are embarrassingly bad and some of them rival what you'd see out of an Asylum movie. The story is stupid, the added melodrama doesn't work and in all reality there's just nothing here. Well, I'd say that the over-the-top gore helps for those who enjoy the red stuff but you're best bet is to stick with DEATH RACE 2000.


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