Contrary to its title and theme, not quite a remake of the 1975 cult classic "Death Race 2000,"--which was great campy, popcorn fun. This time around, in the grim future of 2012, ex-racecar driver and steelworker Jenson Aimes (Statham) is wrongly accused of murdering his wife and is ultimately sentenced to a Death Race, a race to win his freedom or die trying, in which each participant drives souped-up assault vehicles around the prison yard, trying to take out the other guy and avoid booby traps along the way. Looks like a video game, feels like a video game, and surprise, surprise, directed by video-game-to-screen veteran Anderson. The non-stop action would be fun if it weren't so serious.
If you're considering seeing Death Race this weekend, send me ten bucks and I'll personally come to your house and punch you in the face instead. It will be more dramatically rewarding. How about a more practical idea? You see that trailer above this review? Plug in your headphones. (Others ...Read More