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December 31, 2018
A semi-fun film with no depth to it.

The time is the not-so-distant future, and as America's prisons begin overflowing with violent criminals, the powers that be devise a grisly game that will free up space in the cells and entertain the masses at the same time. Jensen Ames (Statham) is a three-time speedway champion with a dark past. A survival expert and ex-con whose sordid history comes back to haunt him when he is framed for a murder he didn't commit, Ames is forced to choose between donning the metallic mask of a mythical racer known as Frankenstein or languishing away on Terminal Island -- America's most notorious penitentiary. Over the course of the next three days, this unlikely champion will get behind the wheel of a nightmare machine outfitted with machine guns, grenade launchers, and flamethrowers in a desperate attempt to outrun some of the most violent criminals ever imprisoned. Should Ames be the first to cross the checkered flag, he will win his freedom; should he come in second, however, death would be preferable to a grim future in a cramped concrete cell.

Alright, well, who would expect that this would be my LAST movie review to end the calendar year? It's kind of weird, honestly. There's some things in my life that feel like they're starting fresh due to the new year, and others that don't. Either way, "Death Race" actually wasn't that bad, but it wasn't too great either.

Let's get straight to the point - like a wine and dinner kind of thing (can't you tell I'm drunk? I can't wait to read this later and cringe). This is a pure action film. It's filled with poorly shot sequences of racing, action, and adventure, but it's kind of entertaining. There's no purpose behind any of it and it's pretty ridiculous, but there is some fun within it. We're essentially given 3, semi-adrenaline pumping races and we're left to, well, watch it.

Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of Jason Statham. I think he's okay as an actor, but not enough to get me to watch a film. Him, along with everyone else in this film were just fine. I think everyone was replaceable, which is not a good thing to say, as the performances were just fine.

This film doesn't really have much to it and that's my real problem. It doesn't feel like there's a purpose, theme, sensibility, or any stakes. It's basic, and that's what disappoints me most. However, this film was semi-fun. It's not something that makes me cringe when I watch it - it's just not the best made piece of work.

Time to wrap. In the end, "Death Race" was just okay. It wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be, but it wasn't great. It was just semi-fun, while mostly filled with question marks. Anyways, Happy New Years (to the 0 people reading this, except maybe me in the future) :).
½ December 25, 2018
It's high-octane. It's totally improbable. But it's also a lot of fun.
December 11, 2018
Not a terrible film, the visuals and the stunts barely save this fast paced action flick, despite the unacceptable acting
½ November 7, 2018
This film was almost good.
July 16, 2018
Even with a much bigger budget and Joan Allen, this remake of the 1975 Roger Corman cult favorite can't compare.
½ March 25, 2018
Silly concept and overused but a decent action flick which is very stylized.
½ January 28, 2018
Fun and action packed. Jason Statham did a good job in this. The cars looked great and the driving/action sequences was really well made. The story itself was ok and a bit predictable but the fun fast paced brutal action makes up for it.
½ January 13, 2018
she's next..

Death Race

It's tightly packed with action, speed and twists but also is predictable, familiar and overlong.
½ January 5, 2018
This film is surprisingly watchable if not the best remake. The film is aided by the support cast putting in good performances to gloss over the anemic plot.
January 4, 2018
as a mindless action movie, this is extremely entertaining with some great action sequences and a generally cool idea. modified car race fights like mario kart but real, is an awesome idea, as can be seen in mad max fury road, although that movie is superior in every way and should not be compared otherwise. this movie is also pretty bad with some laughable moments and cheesy parts. but i still enjoyed it and may even watch it again when i'm in the mood for some trashy fun (about 2 viewings)
October 6, 2017
Critics I know it's not the original but don't hate on it give it a chance! Terrific! Four stars hands down!
½ August 27, 2017
Fun flick and Statham is always worth watching!
August 22, 2017
A phantastic car-action movie.I first liked Statham in a movie :)
Super Reviewer
May 12, 2017
A massive departure from the original, Death Race keeps the cars and kills and forgoes virtually everything else from 2000. Fun in a very different manner, but still fun, and that's what counts.
April 23, 2017
4/22/2017 (2): A pretty entertaining action flick. The story isn't really developed, but I still liked it.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
½ February 2, 2017
Brilliant film with good races and some nice gory deaths, Good story a little different from the usual Statham films but worth multiple watches.
January 22, 2017
The original was a classic - Can Anderson make this another and recapture his previous Event Horizon form... or do we have another Alien Vs Predator on the cards?
½ January 5, 2017
It's good movie to watch
December 31, 2016
Palomera y divertida.
½ December 29, 2016
I liked this movie. Jason Statham makes pretty good action movies. The plot was alright in this movie. The action and the special effects were good.
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