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Death Race – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Death Race, set in the future, is a car race where the cars are mounted with machine guns and drivers shoot at and ram each other until they are all brutally killed except the winner.
The day Jensen Ames (Jason Statham), a steel worker and a former race-driver, loses his job, his wife is killed and he is implicated in her murder.
Six months later, he gets a life term in the dreaded Terminal prison, where he meets Hennessey (Joan Allen), the prison warden who founded the Death Race in order the entertain the blood-thirsty audience and scoop the profit.
Hennesey coerces Jensen Ames to don the mask of a former legendary race-driver, Frankenstein (David Carradine), who was killed in a recent race, and join the race, which is to be held in three days.
Jensen is assigned a coach (Ian McShane) and promised he’ll be freed if he wins five times.
Soon, Jensen discovers that his wife’s murder and his subsequent imprisonment is a conspiracy dreamt up by Hennesey in order to get him into the race. Chaos ensues.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

There is so much chaos, bloodshed, ear-piercing noises and disorientating swoops and zooms in this badly executed movie that you feel exhausted by the time the credits start to role.
This movie fails almost on all levels. The script is devoid of any emotions and littered with one dimensional, dull characters. The plot, if there is one, is filled with holes large enough to drive one of the racing cars through. And the dialogue is so pathetic is makes you laugh.
In spite of the impressive cast, the performances are abysmal. Joan Allen sounds ridiculous as she delivers her lines. Jason Statham does a good job though, punching people and driving recklessly.
Paul WS Anderson’s directing doesn’t fare any better either. The action scenes are chaotic, dull and uninteresting. Even the computer-generated fakery looks cheap.
If you like video games then this movie could appeal to you, otherwise steer away from it.

Opens 26 September 2008

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