Death Race – Review (Film)

Death Race

Death Race has a simple premise – a bunch of prisoners fight for their freedom by competing in a super violent version of Wacky Races.

Jason Statham, although typecast to hell these days, is excellent in this sort of monotone beefcake role.

He plays Jensen Ames, a former race driver, who winds up inside after being framed for the murder of his wife.

He is persuaded by the head prison Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen) to pretend to be famed masked Death Race driver Frankenstein – who died following the last race.

There’s all kind of other bit parts that make up the plot but quite frankly no-one will be watching this for the engaging storyline and well rounded character arcs. It’s all about the cars and guns.

And there is plenty of car and gun action. 😀

Death Race Car

The races are really well handled and the fact the cars have to drive over on track symbols to activate their weapons is a nice nod to Mario Kart et al.

This is fast, violent stuff – it’s a bit like Twisted Metal but without the supernatural cast of characters.

Death Race is a fun film. It’s one of those titles that you can park your brain to one side and watch, safe in the knowledge there is nothing here to challenge you.

Of course that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – some of my favourite films are like that (Con Air, The Rock etc) and the performances are good enough for this to pass as an enjoyable film.

Rating: 7/10

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