icon Film Profile: Death Race - (2008)
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5.9/10 Stars
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"Get ready for a killer race."

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  • Director: Paul WS Anderson
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy,
  • Studio: Impact Pictures
  • Widescreen | Duration: 125 Mins

Overview:
Privatised prisons make a killing forcing inmates into pay-per-view car races to the death in director Paul WS Anderson's bluntly violent take on the future for extreme sports and reality TV. Jason Statham consolidates his action-hero credentials as ex-Nascar champion Jensen Ames, who's framed for murder to become a pawn in the machinations of sadistic warden Hennessey (Joan Allen), until he sets his own escape agenda. Though very loosely based on the cult flick Death Race 2000, this is more like The Shawshank Redemption meets the video game Twisted Metal, as the political satire of the 1975 original is dulled here by a surfeit of epic crashes, spectacular explosions and bloody revenge. It's a frenetically edited stunt collection that is serviceably packaged by Anderson - despite some gaping plot holes. Statham does his charismatic moody loner turn, but it's Ian McShane who rises above the exploitation B-movie script with A-list production values, playing a genius mechanic who provides Statham with his weapons-customised vehicle.
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Cast List:
Jensen Ames : Jason Statham
Machine Gun Joe : Tyrese Gibson
Coach : Ian McShane
Hennessey : Joan Allen
Case : Natalie Martinez
Slovo "Angel Wings" Pachenko : Max Ryan
Ulrich : Jason Clarke (2)
Lists : Fred Koehler
Gunner : Jacob Vargas
Grimm : Robert LaSardo
Suzy : Janaya Stephens
Frankenstein : David Carradine

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