Death Race (2008)

3/10

I don’t recommend this to any of you. It was one of those days where I was desperate to see a movie, and this was something Larri was interested in.

**
This is a remake of Death Race 2000 made in the 70s I believe with David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. Believe it or not, when I saw the trailers, I actually thought the premise could have lead to a decent action film. The film takes places a future where the U.S. economy crashes and corporations run prisons. These prisons have turned to gladiatorial games like Death Race, which is a race around around a prison track. The cars are equipted with weapons like machine guns. Contestants who win five races win their freedom. The plot involves a former race-car driver (Jason Stratham) who is framed and sent to prison to race to improve TV ratings. The warden (Joan Allen) wants him to assume the role of a popular contestant, Frankenstein, who is so disfigured he wears a hockey-like mask a la Jason of the Friday the 13th series. (Frankenstein didn’t survive a car crash in a previous race.)

***
I already knew the film would be bad from the opening sequence. The musical score wasn’t very good, and identifying the drivers and making sense of the racing sequences was difficult. The dialogue and acting wasn’t that great either. The characters and plot weren’t very imaginative either. The funny thing is that according to the Honolulu Advertiser three newspapers (NY Times being one of them) gave this a positive reviews. I should check out what they had to say.

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