Death Race

Death Race

Death Race

Geezer-for-hire Jason Statham stars in the remake of Death Race 2000, retitled, post-2000, as simply Death Race. It's directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (who brought us Alien vs. Predator and Resident Evil) and the high concept involves an ex-con (Statham) being forced by a prison warden (a seemingly out of place Joan Allen) to take part in the post-apocalyptic world's most popular sport – 'death racing'. The name of the sport speaks volumes, but just to clarify, it involves attempting to bully and kill your opponents on the way to the finish line.

2008Rating: R16, Violence & Offensive Language106 minsUSA
ActionScience Fiction
Director:
Paul W.S. Anderson ('AVP: Alien vs. Predator', 'Resident Evil', 'Event Horizon')
Writer:
Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast:
Jason StathamJoan AllenIan McShaneTyrese GibsonNatalie MartinezMax Ryan
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

If you were expecting this to revisit the thorny – y’know, sick – issues of pedestrian-splatting contained in its 1975 predecessor, you might be disappointed (depending on your level of depravity) to discover there’s none of that. Despite being produced by Roger Corman – also responsible for the David Carradine and Sly Stallone starring original – this replaces the pan-US homicide jamboree with a convict-on-convict demolition derby scenario, like a gas-guzzling take on The Running Man.

3.0

Cars go vrooom - Stuff goes booom!

Jason Statham. Fast cars. Things going boom! Bwham! -Kaboom! Cars get kitted out in bullet-proof armour and that baddie guy from PRISON BREAK and TRANSPORTER 3 shows up - bawooom! If you enjoy this sort of stuff - you won't be disappointed to, er, see it all again. Sort of THE EXPENDABLES on wheels, in a prison, in the future... Oh and one star for Ian...

1.0

Guilty Pleasure

Like watching a giant video game unwind in front of you....entirely predictable really.... but also entirely enjoyable... we left with smiles on our faces...

4.0

Tanks or Cars?

I really enjoyed Statham in this role. He is Hollywood's tough guy after all and this movie complemented that well. Full on action-packed ride with fast camera work and intense racing scenes. The plot is slightly predictable at times, but this film will get you on the edge of your seat with the odd laugh thrown in as well. Big boys toys movie for sure :)

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

As hard as metal and just as dumb, Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race couldn't be further from producer Roger Corman and director Paul Bartel's goofy, bloody 1975 original, "Death Race 2000."

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Though the picture doesn't deserve to appear on any critic's 10-best list, it observes the minimum standards of modern action films, which is to say it looks smarter, talks sassier and moves faster than almost anything else on the market.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie is legitimately greasy, authentically nasty, with a good old-fashioned sense of laying waste to everything in sight -- including the shallow philosophizing and computer-generated fakery that have overrun the summer blockbuster.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

An ill-advised and severely wussified remake.

Salon

Salon

press

Statham moves with such easy grace that you don't have to work hard to believe him. And if he can stand up to Joan Allen, melting her predatory stare with his own molten gaze, then it's clear he's not just the prettiest guy on the prison block, but also the toughest.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It's nothing more than an enjoyable, ridiculously macho B-movie romp, but it's Anderson's best movie since the underrated Event Horizon. Perhaps, at long last, he's starting to find his - yep - top gear.

3.0
Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

If you were expecting this to revisit the thorny – y’know, sick – issues of pedestrian-splatting contained in its 1975 predecessor, you might be disappointed (depending on your level of depravity) to discover there’s none of that. Despite being produced by Roger Corman – also responsible for the David Carradine and Sly Stallone starring original – this replaces the pan-US homicide jamboree with a convict-on-convict demolition derby scenario, like a gas-guzzling take on The Running Man.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

As hard as metal and just as dumb, Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race couldn't be further from producer Roger Corman and director Paul Bartel's goofy, bloody 1975 original, "Death Race 2000."

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Though the picture doesn't deserve to appear on any critic's 10-best list, it observes the minimum standards of modern action films, which is to say it looks smarter, talks sassier and moves faster than almost anything else on the market.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie is legitimately greasy, authentically nasty, with a good old-fashioned sense of laying waste to everything in sight -- including the shallow philosophizing and computer-generated fakery that have overrun the summer blockbuster.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

An ill-advised and severely wussified remake.

Salon

Salon

press

Statham moves with such easy grace that you don't have to work hard to believe him. And if he can stand up to Joan Allen, melting her predatory stare with his own molten gaze, then it's clear he's not just the prettiest guy on the prison block, but also the toughest.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It's nothing more than an enjoyable, ridiculously macho B-movie romp, but it's Anderson's best movie since the underrated Event Horizon. Perhaps, at long last, he's starting to find his - yep - top gear.

3.0

Cars go vrooom - Stuff goes booom!

Jason Statham. Fast cars. Things going boom! Bwham! -Kaboom! Cars get kitted out in bullet-proof armour and that baddie guy from PRISON BREAK and TRANSPORTER 3 shows up - bawooom! If you enjoy this sort of stuff - you won't be disappointed to, er, see it all again. Sort of THE EXPENDABLES on wheels, in a prison, in the future... Oh and one star for Ian...

1.0

Guilty Pleasure

Like watching a giant video game unwind in front of you....entirely predictable really.... but also entirely enjoyable... we left with smiles on our faces...

4.0

Tanks or Cars?

I really enjoyed Statham in this role. He is Hollywood's tough guy after all and this movie complemented that well. Full on action-packed ride with fast camera work and intense racing scenes. The plot is slightly predictable at times, but this film will get you on the edge of your seat with the odd laugh thrown in as well. Big boys toys movie for sure :)

4.0