As the prolog of Death Race tells us. 2012 America is a lawless society where unemployment and prison rates are at a record high. But after this one-minute prolog, the action is pretty much non-stop.
This film is centered around former NASCAR-driver-turned-steelworker Jensen Ames (Jason Statham). He is sent to prison for murdering his wife (a crime for which he was framed). The prison he is sent to is called Terminal Island, run by the menacing and deceptive Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen). Jensen is asked to compete in a no-holds-barred live Internet-broadcasted race to the death in order to gain his freedom. The rules are simple: the winner gains his freedom, the losers… die. Horribly.
I absolutely loved this film. It has non-stop adrenaline, action and explosions throughout. If you are fan of Jason Statham (like myself) I would highly recommend it to you. I was actually surprised to see this film was Directed by Paul W.S Anderson (definitely not to be confused with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson); I am not a big fan of his previous work such as Alien vs. Predator and Resident Evil. But he did a great job with this film. I honestly think, based on the number of explosions this film had, he must have been separated at birth from Michael Bay. Overall this movie delivers on what it is supposed to; a well-done action film. If you are craving great cinema, go see Vicky Cristina Barcelona down the hall.
The cast of the film was completely bad-ass. I mean, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, and Ian McShane in the same film? The only way it could have gotten more bad-ass was if Samuel L. and Bruce Willis had dropped by. (Now that would have been awesome.)
What a great way to end the summer. I can go back to school happy now. (Oh, man, did I just say that?)
4 ½ / 5 stars
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