Here`s another Jason Statham action, tough guy flick. This time he’s moving in on Vin Diesels territory with a car racing movie, so he better watch out. This is a remake of a 1975 classic Death Race 2000, and since there are no death races and its 2009 they had to make a movie. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, a man with specific visual signature (Event Horizon, Resident Evil, AVP), this is one of those guilty pleasure movies. Lots of action, explosion, cool scenes, and very, very hot chicks, especially Natalie Martinez. Okay, the story is predictable but it suits perfectly this kind of movie. It has everything that men would like to see in one flick and for the chicks there is Jason, who trained for this role with an ex-navy seal, and went from 20% body fat to 6%, which took him 3 months. Apart from him, we got Tyrese, Jason Clarke and finally Ian McShane with his unforgettable accent.
It is the year of our Lord Satan 2012 and he lost. After the financial collapse, private prisons are multiplying all over United States. Without the power of the state, the rules have become pretty flexible and it’s not strange to watch so called “death races” where convicts are trying to win the race in order to get out of jail. These extremely violent events are attracting a lot of attention from the public and the inmates see them as their only way out. Jensen Ames is one of those men and he will have to drive through hell in order to survive.
If you’re looking for anything else here but entertainment you will not find it. The characters are hollow and the main story is filled with plot holes. However, heavily modified and armored cars with mounted guns and bombs are here to make up for that. Action sequences are great, with a lot of car explosions and innovative chases. I mean as soon as you introduce guns into the story, the whole thing becomes pretty innovative in itself. I mentioned already that you won’t find anything but entertainment here, but I have to mention that post-apocalyptic vibe that I loved so much in Escape from L.A. or New York. If you like this idea that things have gotten so bad that people are ________ be sure to check out The Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger, enjoy.
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShane, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez
Fun Stuff: 4 tons of blank ammunition was used. Each car cost an estimated $250,000 – $300,000 to detail for the film.