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Ex-con jensen ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in out post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.


Studio Universal
SKU 210195568
UPC 025195056601
UPC 14 00025195056601
Format DVD
Release Date 9/25/2011
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Paul W.S. Anderson's (the Alien vs. Predator guy) creation is weak when it comes to things like plot, character, and acting, but it's very good at provoking visceral reactions, and that's largely what the picture's audience will be in multiplexes for...This is The Fast and the Furious or Speed Racer on steroids, although it is more about violence and gore than cars. None of the vehicles are slick and sleek; they're armed and armored tanks, with jets that spew smoke, oil, and napalm, and fully operational machine guns mounted on hoods and roofs. The race course is modeled after a video game. As the drivers buzz around the track, smashing into other cars, there are "power-ups" to hit. The first car to glide over these power-ups can have its weapons activated or cause a deadly obstacle to spring up in the middle of the road in front of an opponent...Death Race makes a few weak attempts at satire, emphasizing how bloodthirsty the human race is, paying $99 a round to watch human beings get blown up and shredded. It's not a unique idea, having provided the backstory for more than one action movie (the most famous of which may be Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Running Man). Heavy-handed satirical elements represent nothing more than frosting on the bloodsoaked, action-packed cake, however. This movie is about mayhem on wheels, tough guys viewers can root for, and villains whose comeuppances audiences crave. That's what Death Race is all about and, for what it is, it does a solid job.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Review Movies like Death Race exist so critics will have something to put on their year-end "Worst of" lists...Technically, it's a remake of Paul Bartel's schlocky Death Race 2000 from 1975. But director Paul W.S. Anderson also uses his gig as an excuse to revisit every innocent-man-behind-bars cliche that has been introduced from then 'til now...Set in the apocalyptic future of 2012, Death Race imagines a flawed and brutal penal system where private corporations run prisons for profit and the inmates at the Terminal Island Penitentiary are forced to compete in a televised NASCAR-esque sprint to the death...I wouldn't hire Anderson to helm a beer commercial but then again, I don't work for Universal. The studio had to know what they were getting, however, once they handed Anderson the keys to this vehicle. The Brit filmmaker is the thinking man's Uwe Boll whose illustrious credits include adaptations of the video games Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil...Stock characterization and predictable developments are expected. But couldn't Anderson at least nail his race footage? Erratic editing and horrific zooms butcher already repetitive racing sequences. Washed-out production values and a bleak color scheme often make it hard to distinguish which menacing road warrior is leading the race. The gratuitous violence is sadistic in nature, pausing only when Anderson's misogynistic camera lingers--in slow motion, of course--on Natalie Martinez and her curvaceous female co-stars.
Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Unrated, Rated R, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...delivers the goods without all the preachy moralizing about violent entertainment and cultural ruin.
Michael Phillips, Los Angeles Times Noisy, brutal, bloodthirsty fun!
Nathan Lee, The New York Times ...authentically nasty, with a good old-fashioned sense of laying waste to everything in sight...
Richard Corliss, Time ...looks smarter, talks sassier and moves faster than almost anything else on the market.
Tim Estiloz, The Comcast Network A high-octane, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.
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