Paul W.S. Anderson is up to his old mediocre best again with another of his dumb action movies made for the teen-aged masses. Death Race is typical Jason Statham material; anyone who thinks The Transporter films are amazing (believe it or not, there are quite a few) will love this.
There’s fights, car chases, explosions, girls and a corny plot that’s paper thin with a twist that literally ridicules how dumb it thinks its own audience is. Anyone would think this is a Michael Bay film… but at least you can watch SOME of his films a second time.
It does have some pretty good deaths, but on the whole it’s as predictable as the Sun coming up in the morning.
It’s hard to believe they are still making more of these Death Race movies – with Death Race 4 due out later this year, it’s a wonder they haven’t killed off their audience by now. I can’t say I’m looking forward to seeing any more of these – I haven’t even seen the two that followed this one, despite the fact they somehow managed to attract stars like Sean Bean, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo and Dougray Scott.
Anyway, for some of you, Death Race is still worth a watch if you’re happy to leave your brain at the door and just sit back and enjoy the ridiculousness of it all. There might be some entertainment to be had here while it lasts for some people.
My Rating: 4/10
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