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Paul W.S. Anderson's DEATH RACE Looks Promising?

Published at: June 14, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... One of the reasons I get so upset at Paul W.S. Anderson is that unlike the Toilet Bohl - he actually is attached to properties that I give a shit about. And it isn't that he makes complete worthless turds out of them - but he makes films that I consistently want to believe are going to be good. And I'm an eternal optimist ta boot. Not only that... but my job means... I have to see his films - and each time, I hope... I truly hope that he delivers a movie that will make me take back all my ire and anger and frustration and meanness... and suddenly I can genuinely look forward to seeing one of his films with the knowledge that he actually made me happy, without an asterick that signals a footnote that reads, "But It Is Still Shit!" Here we have PWSA's DEATH RACE. If you've never seen the original... GO NOW - WATCH IT! It is one of the great cult movies of all time. If you've ever driven along and seen an old lady on the side of the road with a walker - and the driver got a wicked smile and says, "50 points" and then acts like they're going to swerve... that's DEATH RACE. Or at least the glorious original with Sly Stallone and starring David Carradine. It rules. All the "Modest Proposal" satire seems to have been drained out in lieu of turning DEATH RACE into a hardcore road raging video game-esque race for freedom flick - and certainly that is a valid way to go with the material and is a completely different take on the material... but... will it rule? It'll take a lot more than this trailer to start getting me excited, but it is kinda fun looking... in a muted tones sorta way. Here ya go...

Will Paul W.S. Anderson Crash & Burn or finish the race? The odds are against him, but like the Crow said... kinda... You Can't Suck All The Time... or can ya?

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  • June 14, 2008, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I think it looks ok.

    by Grando

    Ian McShane + win anways......

  • June 14, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    = Win

    by Grando

    Stupid shift key.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Muted tones sort of way.

    by LordEnigma

    I like that. I like that alot. It also looks like more silly ass fun from PWSA. This is what he does... he makes silly ass action films. Good for him because he's not DOCTOR BOL!

  • June 14, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    If you enjoyed The Condemned....

    by Pop_aristocrat

    Here it is again...with cars! As much as I love the old Running Man formula, I can't say this one excites me at all.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Man, I love Death Race 2000,

    by Thorstrongstone

    It was one of those movies that fueled my love of exploitation movies, b-flicks, and Roger Corman. It was, and still is, one of my favorite childhood movies. That said, this looks like it will be a pretty good stand alone flick -not much more.<br><br> Will Anderson finally produce something that is not a complete turd? Probably not, but this looks like a Madonna-Shaped turd -one you want to show to your friends before you flush it.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    WTF is Joan Allen doing in a PWSA movie?!

    by jawsfan

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    I'll see anything with Statham

    by ImMorganFreeman

    So long as he's kicking somebody's ass. Having just watched the original, I'm not so sure about this one, but after the trailer, I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Where are your weekly DVD reviews Harry?

    by Monkeybrains

    The original Death Race 2000 is great BTW. Stallone rulez!!!

  • June 14, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST

    everyone needs to lighten up on boll

    by bacci40

    look, i think the guy is a shit director and has no biz making movies...but i do believe he honestly loves what he is doing...as for this remake, according to corman, they have cut out all the social satire...par for the course...bet the kids will love it, the same way that all you fucks loved the remake of dawn of the dead

  • June 14, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST

    everyone needs to lighten up on boll

    by bacci40

    look, i think the guy is a shit director and has no biz making movies...but i do believe he honestly loves what he is doing...as for this remake, according to corman, they have cut out all the social satire...par for the course...bet the kids will love it, the same way that all you fucks loved the remake of dawn of the dead

  • June 14, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST

    So Harry has never seen Death Race 2000?

    by squirrelsfromspace

    Because anybody who had seen 'Death Race 2000' would actually call it 'Death Race 2000' and not 'Death Race' - a war movie made for TV in 1973. Maybe when Harry gets round to tidying up this ghostwritten piece he can correct his junior staffer's efforts. And this movie sounds more like Speed Racer 2 than a remake of 'Death Race 2000'. In that case I think they should title it honestly for once. I suggest it be called 'Complete & Utter Shit' - it'll make more at the BO with that title as well.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    looks more like CARMAGEDDON 2000

    by TheNorthlander

    that was a great game.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    running man

    by redshirt

    redux, not death race. where are all the civilians getting run over? Looks good tho!

  • June 14, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Are you fucking kidding me!!!!

    by ZombieisaDouche

    This looks dreadful. The entire movie takes place in a fucking abandoned steel mill. Where the hell is the open road? This doesn't even make sense, are they just doing laps around the prison yard. What a waste!!! <p> Aw hell, I'll probably see it anyway...

  • June 14, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    No - it looks shit

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • June 14, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    I really hope...

    by BigCZee

    That Paul WS Anderson dies in some terrible accident...

  • June 14, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    I think it looks like fun

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    Statham elevates every project he's involved in and say what you want about Paul WS, his films are always well shot and the art direction is always beautiful. Just look at the gothic castle inspired awesomeness of Event Horizon. <br><br> Besides, wouldn't it be ACTUALLY insulting if he tried to do a straight watered-down remake instead of taking the most basic basic premise of a "race to the death"?<br><br> This seems less like a remake to me than a "variation on a theme".

  • June 14, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Look, all I'm sayin' is

    by Napoleon Park

    a movie with the words "Death Race" in the title probably doesn't need a full screen blurb explaining "it's a race to the death". That's all I'm sayin'

  • June 14, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Fast and the Furious and Running Man Lovechild?

    by Outlaw

    This looks very ho-hum. Nothing about this seems to offer an iota of hope that this flick will be any good. Blah actors (minus Joan Allen, of course)+ Blah story + Blah cars + Blah director equals suckfest 2008! Guess on opening day I'll have to find something better to do, like ripping my eyes out of my sockets...or reading! Either one!

  • June 14, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Whatjusthappened. Great line reading.

    by Napoleon Park

    needs the Bat-Tank of Death. No, not "Begins", the one from animal House.<p>I loved Bullitt but I thought black Mustangs being cool went out with the Knight Rider remake. (And, yeah, I used to own one.)

  • June 14, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    I don't think this is a remake

    by andrew coleman

    Just a rip off. Might be cool. Doesn't look or feel like the original. Here is the thing these new remakes try and get young kids and ass holes into theaters PLUS people who want to see classics in a "new light". This just looks like they ripped off one main idea and made an entirely different movie. I mean it doesn't look like they even race outside just in abandoned warehouses and shit.

  • June 14, 2008, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Oh what a terrible waste of talent.

    by BirdMcMonster

  • June 14, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    OMG! What a SHOCKING plot twist!

    by Big Dumb Ape

    For crying out loud, the moment they mentioned Statham was a former NASCAR driver in for killing his wife...and you then see him waking up on the floor with the cops coming in...let's see a show of hands: who DIDN'T instantly know Joan Allen had set him up to get him into the prison and to drive?<p>Then again I guess I should give them credit. Since they decided to center the plot on such a cliched idea, least they had no shame in telling you it in the trailer TOO. For that matter and along those same lines, am I the only one thinking yet again: Saw the trailer, saw the movie? Who cuts these things? Readers Digest???

  • June 14, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    S.O.B!

    by Film.guy.Pete

    It looks like a good old fashioned blow up stuff flick! I'm in, I'll see it!

  • June 14, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    "Who cuts these things? Readers Digest???"

    by Killah_Mate

    I'm gonna steal that awesome line off you.

  • June 14, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    i'll see it but......

    by chipps

    I actually laughed. I think the next V.P should have sex with Turkish. Hilary will do.

  • June 14, 2008, 4:17 a.m. CST

    looks good

    by barnaby jones

    and just keep telling yourself, this is not a remake, this is not a remake, this is not a remake, this is not a remake, this is not a remake.....

  • June 14, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST

    What's Happening to the Post Titles

    by FILMFUNK

    First Quint Loves The Happening then Harry thinks this STINKER looks Promising!<P>Sarcasm is the lowest form of Journalism<P>This guys couldn't make a decent movie if you gave him all the money in the world because he simply doesn't have it in him just like no matter how much Danny De Vito trained he could never play Proffesional Basketball!

  • June 14, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    looks like massive crapfest compared to the original

    by Marsellus

    Fast and furious meets Prison Break, where can I puke ? Statham deserves better. Anderson deserves a kick in the balls.

  • June 14, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST

    TDR 2000!

    by SonOfTorah

    To those that don't know, a number of years ago a kick-ass series of video games was released under the titles of Carmageddon, Carmaggedon 2 - Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon - TDR 2000. SCi who released the games tried to license the Death Race name and failed, which is why the final game is called TDR rather than The Death Race. As for the trailer, Anderson has proven that he has skill with vehicular action with the Brit film Shopping. Why did it take him 4 years to make his next film though?

  • June 14, 2008, 5:13 a.m. CST

    FILMFUNK its because of SATC

    by dioxholster

    after massa's rape reference they changed titles, in exchange for sarcasm instead of being blunt and expressive.

  • June 14, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    I love the original

    by MartinX

    I watched again recently to educate some buddies who had never seen it. I totally stands up better than ever. Serious, they should just go ahead and re-release it as "American Idol: On the road" It'd totally fit.

  • June 14, 2008, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Robocop Remake?

    by Axl Z

    http://www.firstshowing.net/img/robocop-remake-banner-full.jpg why no news about this?..

  • June 14, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Read Empire much, Harry?

    by loafroaster

    "If you've ever driven along and seen an old lady on the side of the road with a walker - and the driver got a wicked smile and says, "50 points" and then acts like they're going to swerve... that's DEATH RACE." That was completely ripped off from Tony Horkins' Death Race feature in Empire...

  • June 14, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Looked OK for a rainy sunday afternoon

    by football

    Though I can't say this revs my engine that much!

  • June 14, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Navigators from the women's prison...

    by loafroaster

    ...and they're all hot skinny supermodels? LOL!

  • June 14, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    women in prison are not hot!

    by dioxholster

    ugly women are sent to prison for being ugly.

  • June 14, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    robocop remake...

    by loafroaster

    thanks man, that 'teaser poster' made me laugh my ass off!

  • June 14, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    minus 1000 points for daring to use

    by blindambition238

    "The only rule is: THERE ARE NO RULES" <p> Exxxtreme to da maxxx <p> ooh wah ah ah ah!

  • June 14, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Sexy girls...

    by Underdogthe3rd

    ... and you are complaining? Pfff!

  • June 14, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    That looks awesome

    by Harrigan

    If you say otherwise you're a femme.

  • June 14, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    in a time when...........

    by chipps

    .....one man will........

  • June 14, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    The only rule is...

    by loafroaster

    ...YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT DEATH RACE!

  • June 14, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    "The only rule is: THERE ARE NO RULES"

    by loafroaster

    is almost as hackneyed as "...and a hero will rise..."

  • June 14, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    first

    by chipps

    in a time when evil never dies, when there are no rules, one man will talk about death race, and a hero will rise......

  • June 14, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    In a world...

    by loafroaster

    ...where there are no worlds...and rules never die... a hero will rise...and race...TO THE DEATH!

  • June 14, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    "I guess he didn't like the..."

    by thefrood

    cornbred... sorry I mean oatmeal. Or do I?" As if the cunt hadn't leeched the rancid corpse of Aliens enough. There was not one original frame never mind line of dialogue in that entire trailer. It's not even homage, it's just blatant, lazy, talentless fucking theft. I hate that twat more with every film he releases.

  • June 14, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Shite

    by Aswann

    Anderson's not really that bad a director, just a hack, his films are technically proficient and soulless. As a major fan of the original Death Race 2000 this looks nothing like it, they may as well have called it fucking Spyhunter or some shit.

  • June 14, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    The pork I ate for dinner tonight looked good too

    by Antz

    ...but still ended up giving me a good dose of the shits.

  • June 14, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    not ready to pay to see this

    by palewook

    but it looks slightly interesting. might catch it on cable

  • June 14, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    It's already 'video game-esque' harry...

    by Lemming

    Carmageddon 1 and 2. They've been out since the 90's and are very, very cool. And fuck all to do with freedom.

  • June 14, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    "my job means... I have to see his films"

    by beefywhore

    Harry I've been frequenting this site on a daily basis since about 1998. I read your reviews and sometimes agree, and sometimes disagree, but I don't think for one second that you truly feel you have to see every movie out there because you run this site...for example, here's an piece from Moriarity's LOVE GURU review... "When I spoke to Harry on the phone earlier tonight and told him I was working on my LOVE GURU review, he got very quiet. '... and... was it... any good?' He went on to explain that there’s pretty much no way he’ll end up seeing this film. Not now. Not ever. Even when I told him what I thought of it, he didn’t budge. Just wasn’t interested at all. He’s seen the trailers. He’s seen the clips. Nope." Not to mention there have been several (big geeky) films over the years that never get a single mention on this site even when your readers are all but begging for one... Not that any of that matters..you watch whatever you wnat and keep the reviews coming, but don't try to fool your readers. We're smarter than that.

  • June 14, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Quite simply

    by JoeFriday

    this looks no good at all. I get the impression that P WS Anderson wants to present some dystopian vision of the future a la Mad Max but instead makes something as scary looking as Cannonball Run.

  • June 14, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I know it's going to suck...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but it has cars with machine guns, hot women, explosions and Jason Statham, so I will be seeing it one way or the other. <p> Yeah, I hate myself.

  • June 14, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Featuring Juliette Lewis

    by Iowa Snot Client

    Singing "Gimme a Ride" at 1:08 (from Prodigy's "Hot Ride"). Let the bodies hit the floor!

  • June 14, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    It looks like fun, but...

    by CaptainWalker

    It just doesn't look like "Death Race 2000" It's just using the title.

  • June 14, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I'm glad about one thing...

    by onephatnelly

    ... at least Jason Statham isn't using that painful American accent.

  • June 14, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Wow! It looks fucking lame!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I mean, it looks like they did shoot the race sequences at only 10 mph and then try to give the impression of speed via quick cuts and shaky cam? L-A-M-E.<p>On the bright side, this is rated R, so maybe there's some nice CARnage...<p>On the other hand, it's a Paul WS Anderson flick. That dude proved that he got zero skill with all the crapfests he gave us.

  • June 14, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Yet another movie...

    by loafroaster

    ...featuring Jason Statham in a vest. Seriously, the guy must have it written into his contracts or something.

  • June 14, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    as soon as I hear "Welcome to the Jungle"

    by Circean6

    in a trailer you know it can't be good....

  • June 14, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Hey, man, I don't care...

    by 24200124

    I still love "Event Horizon". The original "Mortal Kombat" was just an enjoyable popcorn movie (one of those I'll catch on TNT or something and watch a few minutes of everytime), but I gotta ask: why all the hate? Is it because of "Soldier" or "AVP"?

  • June 14, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    At least the new cars look pretty cool.

    by pokadoo

    The ones in the original were a bit Wacky Races. I'm thinking Penelope Pitstops in particular.

  • June 14, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Where is the killing of the pedestrians?

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    Did they remove that completely from this version? I loved that part of the original.

  • June 14, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Now I don't have to see it.

    by Mr.Meanie

    I saved myself 2 hours by watching a 2:30 second preview that pretty much summed up the entire movie from beginning to end. Not a bad roi...

  • June 14, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    The Fugitive + Cars = Death Race

    by BonScott

    This has to be in the future because AN ENGLISHMAN IS RACING NASCAR?? Of course the drop date of the ass end of August tells you what the studio thinks of it, should be out on Blu-ray Sept 1. I don't think I can put in enough LAMEs to signify how lame this is.

  • June 14, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Answer is no...

    by Sprout

    I hope Corman gets lots of money from it though.

  • June 14, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    may not be true to the source

    by zom-bot.com

    i realllly like the dystopian future of the original, as well as the wide open course...<P> but i'll say that this film does look solid, meaty..decent...a good oldschool ass kicking action movie the likes we haven't seen since 1987 or so. For that, i think i may have to see it...<P>and i guarandamntee this will be played religiously on SPIKE when available to cable.

  • June 14, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Jason Statham AND Ian McShane!

    by O_Goncho

    I'll have to see this for them, no matter how depressed it makes me.

  • June 14, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Event Horizon is Awesome

    by MasterBateman

    Mortal Kombat is the best video game adaptation of all time (that's not saying much). I thought Soldier was watchable. But Event Horizon is great through and through. It's Alien meets Hellraiser and the result is beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Sam Neil and the supporting cast give great performances all around. Even Danny Boyle, director of Trainspotting, totally ripped it off in last summer's Sunshine. I remember Harry's review of it back in the day and I remember him having an issue with the effects not being as organic as in Hellraiser. I suppose he has a point, but let's face it, cgi has completely virtually replaced practical whether or not we like it. Anyway, Event Horizon is fucking awesome and I love it no matter what you say.

  • June 14, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    MORTAL KOMBAT was very entertaining you fuckers!

    by Mike_D

    admit it!!

  • June 14, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    my mom liked mortal kombat.

    by zom-bot.com

    take that as you will. it was either really mediocre, or she was totally down. i laughed out loud though when they went to the otherworld or whatever, and it was essentially a big backlot at night with some broken lawn statues scattered around in it....<P>the only thing mortal kombat has added to the collective consciousness is whenever we see a really lame fight we might have the techno theme run through our heads....<P>eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh MOORTALL KOMBATTTT...kano-eh eh eh eh eh eh sonia eh eh eh eh eh eh liu kang eh eh eh eh eh eh...

  • June 14, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    As much as I hate PWSA...

    by kyle051554

    ...for ruining AVP, I gotta say, this looks pretty cool. Granted, I've never seen the original, so I don't know how bad he's fucking up a cult classic, but this new one looks like a good popcorn flick.

  • June 14, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    The original ruled, this is gonna be fucking gay...

    by Sulla

    It's obvious from the trailer that the spirit and overall 'coolness' of the original is gone. This is Fast & the Furious type BULLSHIT. No Nazi chicks, no points = another pointless gayass remake. I thought the writers strike was over? Start fucking WRITING you twits!

  • June 14, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    it is fucking up a cult classic, but

    by zom-bot.com

    -i look at it as another take, not a remake. death race in name only, which strangely, in this case, seems okay.<P> we also live in a different time of sports and televised reality shows and mistrust of authority, so it's only natural those elements would come to the forefront over the old theme of 'acceptable murder' and thinning out the herd.

  • June 14, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Damn Harry I didn't know you where

    by Series7

    A big fan of the Condemned? This is the sequel right? I thought the first one was a good time (not No Escape good) but better then they said. This looks fun.

  • June 14, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    does anyone have the dope on how

    by bacci40

    they got mcshane and allen into this production? looks like both had a blast chewing scenery...how do boll and anderson do it?

  • June 14, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Looks like Running Man over again

    by punisher5150

    but I'll see it. It doesn't look too bad. Nothing to do with the original, though. Where's the social commentary that made the original a classic (racism, overcrowding, etc)? Without that the original would have just been another B-movie with no place in cinema history. They'd better push some old/sick people out of the hospitals/nursing homes to be run over DAMMIT!!!!!

  • June 14, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Wow That really sucked. Too bad, like Jason.

    by Stormwatcher

    But seriously this is a miss.

  • June 14, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    I love Event Horizon, too...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...even if I still think it falls apart during the last 20 minutes or so.

  • June 14, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    does anyone remember the death race vid game?

    by bacci40

    greatest game ever...gave you points for hitting pedestrians...graphics sucked, but we didnt care...just got off killing the innocents

  • June 14, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Derivative drivel thats been done a millions times before

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Shouldn't even have the Death Race title should be something like "Here's one of those god-awful paint by numbers films that we normally put a WWE fighter in, but we got Jason Statham instead" <br> <br> Jason needs a word with his agent, a very serious word, like twat !!!

  • June 14, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-KNEEEEES

    by pr1c3y

    I'll give it a watch because I like watching movies I don't need to be some 25 year old version of robert ebert who inventively swears every single time a new movie comes out

  • June 14, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    It's only a trailer, but

    by rogueleader66

    It actually looks decent. Then again, I thought the trailer for the first AVP looked promising too, and we all know how that one went. So I won't get my hopes up, but my curiosity is peaked enough to go see it.

  • June 14, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    this is the good paul anderson

    by jonahhex

    I thought the trailer looked badass, and I am glad they are not doing a carbon copy remake, but using the story in a different way. I love paul ws andersons movies, mortal komabt is my favorite video game dapation, and I love soldier, and event horizon was such a freaky film. I dig him much more than paul thomas anderson as the only film of his i like is boogie nights and it is the only one i own but I have all the paul ws anderson films.

  • June 14, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    jonahhex

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    You should check out his first film, Shopping. It's a solid little flick. Sean Bean, a young Jude Law, and Sean Pertwee as a complete bad ass.

  • June 14, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    JASON STATHAM IS THE MAN

    by Unlabled

    I know he just wants to get paid. But I wish he would be cast in some higher brow action/suspense films. The guy fucking rocks. The only true action star out there right now.

  • June 14, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    THe ladies prison...

    by Zeegloo

    (eye roll) Not one butch in the bunch. How realistic.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    PWS Deathrace

    by Arcangel2020

    Hmmmmm.... Well, finally saw the original "Death Race 2000" a little while back...man oh man was it totally off the scale when it came to 70-ies post apocalyptic cheese and campiness. Hopefully the new one will improve on the Blood, Guts and Gore and tons of female Nudity? Damn! How I wish Paul Verhooven did this one!! Ha!! :)

  • June 14, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Hey....

    by Jason B. Swaim

    There Will be Blood! <p> Get it? <p> /me knows it is the "other" Paul Anderson who made that classic

  • June 14, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Wow. Joan Allen's in it?

    by ciroslive

    Consider me intrigued.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Why can't they used the weaponry on the cars...

    by GeekySciFiAnimeFreak

    ... to escape from the prison?

  • June 14, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Statham? Check!

    by palimpsest

    Dumb as fuck premise? Check! Excellent character actors slumming it? Check! Asskickery? Check! Hard-faced men saying sweary bad words? Check! Comedy slo-mo of hotlaydeez walking to their hopelessly over-engineered vehicle? Check! Statham? Check! And yeah, PWSA tends to make dull movies from solid properties, but I'll be there with a popcorn and a grin like a freshly lobotomised sex offender watching this. I'm not proud...

  • June 14, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    My brother

    by Shaun of the Dead

    just brought me back some French beer from his holiday (in France, no less). Tastes like fizzy Guinness. I love my brother, but I feel like I should lay a beating on him for bringing me back a lame present. Though it IS 'beer' and therefore alcohol. Oh, and, this looks both shit and good. Like Statham, like good old fashioned action, like films that are ridiculous but still somehow entertain you. Then again, its made by PWSA.

  • June 14, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Spaces

    by Shaun of the Dead

    How do you make spaces between paragraphs? Ta.

  • June 14, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Why the hell would they remove the only thing...

    by ELGordo

    that made the original worthwhile? And it's the only thing that is relevant today. Reality TV insanity. And what the fuck is up with the women prisoners? Did they arrest the entire 10 seasons of America's Next Top Model? Give me a fucking break. I know it's fantasy and is supposed to be just fun but they've drained all life from this and this will be as forgettable as yesterdays cock tug.

  • June 14, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Can't believe it...I'm excited!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Seriously, PWS Anderson's movies suck. At least, they have...until now. This looks like the dogs bairy bollocks.

  • June 14, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Why try to dissect the trailer?

    by DDayMachine

    Why pick apart a two-minute trailer and read way too deep into it? Let it go....its obviously not a thesis on our prison system where one is absorbed into the solitude of each character and the pain and regret they feel. THIS IS AN ACTION MOVIE. Its called escapism...try it sometime you just might like it.

  • June 14, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    looks fucking wank

    by Jonny_boba

    tarnish the original and fill it with a fast and the furious star and jason "i will do any kind of shit action film" statham and unfortunately this is what you get. It looks like another utterly forgetable wild ride action film that has action scenes that no one will care about even if they are good and a typical he was framed and isnt actually a bad guy line for the lead role, i mean in the original david carridane was fucking insane he had a god damn grenade for a hand and he killed innocent people and you still loved him. The only good thing about it and my english commrades will agree with me here is the inclusion of lovejoy!lol

  • June 14, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I'm gobsmacked...

    by Sprout

    That people are defending this film based on a trailer that's told you the entire plot and looks like it's lifted a fair few elements from older films. The original Death Race 2000 is something totally unique this remake has stripped the concept of everything that made it so.

  • June 14, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Not Bad At All

    by CCSO1449

    Wasn't expecting much out of this movie, figured it would just be cheesy. It actually looks like very entertaining cheese with a bit of "The Fugitive" thrown in for good measure.

  • June 14, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    the worst thing about this

    by Nerv31

    is that it made me miss Deadwood that much more......

  • June 14, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Looks Good.

    by Topher4801

    Have to admit this looks pretty good. Not too worry about the bomb on the bottom of his car though. As long as he see it in the reflection in a puddle and there's some crates and a crane around he'll be alright. : )

  • June 14, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Nope.

    by TELF

    They showed the whole thing. Oh no, Statham was framed so he could win the race for Allen. And why call it Death Race? It is completely different. Why are they confined to a prison track? Where is the danger, humor and satire. Oh I forgot, we aren't allowed to have grown up action fun anymore. this bodes poorly for the incoming Robocop fuck up that's on its way.

  • June 14, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    This... Actually looks fun.

    by jermcdee

  • June 14, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Can't believe I just said that.

    by jermcdee

    Paul. W.S. Anderson hasn't made a movie that I've liked, but this looks like it actually has some style. Looks like a flick that woulda been made in the 80's.

  • June 14, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I like what I'm seein'

    by Al Swearengen

    from that handsome, dark haired actor. That fella looks like a fine, upstanding cocksucker.

  • June 14, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Why is it that when they remake these movies...

    by WS

    ...they never keep the dystopian aspect of the story? It's never that the whole world has gone insane, instead everything is the work of one evil guy. If they ever remake The Running Man I'm sure Killian will be running an "illegal internet game show" or some bullshit like that. Is it supposed to make the story more palatable for the audience, or is it so the movie won't rile up the corporations funding it?

  • June 14, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Nerv31

    by Al Swearengen

    Huzzah! A-fuckin'-men.

  • June 14, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    M-O-M

    by DocPazuzu

    I don't think that anyone who considers The Searchers and Midnight Run to be shit has the credibility to lecture anyone on the merits or failings of any film or any director.

  • June 14, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I think it's a shame...

    by J.B.M.A.

  • June 14, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    by J.B.M.A.

    ...that nobody has tried to do something with the material from Steve Jacksons 'Car Wars' game instead. The cars/bikes/trucks/copters in that are all far cooler than anything in 'Death Race' cos they're just regular ve-hicles with concealed weapons. Mad Max rejects are soooo 1980's...now where's me Uncle Albert's catalogue?

  • June 14, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Fair enough, M-O-M...

    by DocPazuzu

    ..."overrated" then. That's still enough to make anything else you say about movies dubious at the very least. <p> And how in the name of fuck did you reach the point where you'd even ask the question about There Will Be Blood vis-á-vis AvP?

  • June 14, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Looks Better Than Peed Racer, But, This Still Looks Terrible!!!

    by Media Messiah

    The small location sets, rob this movie of a sense of scope...something even the poorly funded original had. Clearly the entire budget of this film went into Joan Allen's bank account...hence the reason she is in this movie.<BR><BR>I appreciate the no CGI look, but again...the cramped quarters here kill any chance of this film having any real scope. This should have been a race set out on normal streets and freeways...targeting civilians for points, as the original film did. Instead, we get this cramped prison affair???

  • June 15, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST

    if this is the remake...

    by Thunder Mammoth

    then i've got no time for this. this is bullshit. however, if this is its own "death race" flick, then i still don't have time for it, but at least i'm not pissed. if they are really gonna remake Death Race 2000, then they should really do it justice. one of the greatest cult flicks of all time. deserves better than this, if this is what it gets.

  • June 15, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty fun!

    by Super Rabbi

  • June 15, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Let me get this straight, M-O-M....

    by DocPazuzu

    ...Are you telling me that as long as you consider There Will Be Blood a good movie, and AvP a bad movie, that your taste in movies cannot be questioned? <p> HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  • June 15, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST

    No bare boobs? no bullfighter?

    by CuervoJones

    Not promising.

  • June 15, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST

    You can suck me all the time

    by CuervoJones

    I liked Event Horizon.

  • June 15, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    "the motives and the argument and logic behind it."

    by DocPazuzu

    Which are...?

  • June 15, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    "There's no two ways about it."

    by DocPazuzu

    It's right there in black and white, M-O-M. You said, quite clearly, that everything you think and believe about movies has led you to believe that There Will Be Blood is great and that AvP is awful, and that if anyone questions your taste, they MUST re-evaluate TWBB's greatness and AvP's awfulness -- in other words, your taste is impeccable, infallible and incredible. <p> Actually, your taste in films is mediocre, predictable, clichéd and quite often pretentious.

  • June 15, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    M-O-M

    by DocPazuzu

    No, that's not what I said. Even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day. Now, if you have the balls, you'll answer my question.

  • June 15, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    "It don't matter. It don't count. You can't score religious pers

    by Biggie Kaiju

    "Death Race 2000" is one of my all-time favorite movies. This trailer made me want to deep-throat a shotgun. And I'm also a big fan of Godzilla, the Planet of the Apes saga, and the book "I Am Legend." And once again, dear Lord, you have smited me with a big-budget braid-dead ass-raping of another favorite. What did I do? Why must you torment me? At least the Star Wars prequels... ahh, fuck! "Death Race 2000" may be total cheese and exploitation, but there was at least something else going on underneath. Frankenstein isn't a wrongly-convicted Brit, for fuck's sake! He's many things; he's part of the government's lie (he's supposed to be a veteran driver repeatedly pieced together each year, but he's really in perfect health and simply this year's replacement). But he's also secretly got an agenda of his own; he's a rebel on his own, and driving to win so he can kill the despotic President. Via the hilarious "hand grenade." But on another track, he falls in love with his navigator, so she puts a crimp in his death-wish plans. They take out the President together, and he's so popular he BECOMES the President. All that stuff sounds like fertile ground to explore in a remake, but instead we get the Transporter driving a leftover from Thunderdome in a circle. The Monster in the original is a car than you never forget. When you see all five lined up, each distinctive, it's sweet. This is utter crap. Looks like the ONLY thing from the original is female navigators and the race takes three days. No points system with citizens? Unforgivable. Sorry about the rant, gang, but I love this flick and am fuckin' pissed Paul "I wish my talents were at Uwe Bolls level" Anderson is fucking up YET AGAIN. STOP FUCKING UP! I'm sure there's a wonderful and rewarding future for you in the septic and sewage industry. Jagoff.

  • June 15, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I'll be

    by Series7

    Amazed if this is half as bugnuts as Doomsday.

  • June 15, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Ugggh. This was one of those remakes. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . that I thought could be awesome. There was a brief moment when I thought even Anderson couldn't fuck it up. Now I see it looks like shit and don't know why I trusted Anderson for that brief moment. Why in the world would you take out the cross-country racing and the killing of pedestrians? By confining the race to a track, they're doing to this what they did to The Running Man.

  • June 15, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Maxim models as navigators

    by Dopenose19

    If this thing is supposed to be the biggest television draw in the world, then of course you would use the hottest possible women at your disposal to increase the ratings. In the logic of this kind of movie, that actually makes perfect sense. It would have been lame if they had given one of the guys (the small annoying one at the end of the trailer perhaps) a fat, ugly loudmouth woman as "comic relief". That would have crossed the line into The Longest Yard territory. At least Anderson seems to be trying to maintain a tone for this one, although it's only a trailer so what the hell do I know?

  • June 15, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    looks alright to me

    by slappy jones

    good brainless fun.

  • June 15, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Hmmm...

    by Bruce Leroy

    Once again PWSA takes a great premisse and turns it in to something mediocre. This isn't even a remake of Death Race 2000. This is more an unoffical adaptation of that old video game: Carmageddon.

  • June 15, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Instant embarrassment at seeing Joan Allen in this.

    by CreasyBear

    This looks like a murky, dismal, boring disaster.

  • June 15, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Why is this a remake?! Waste of an opportunty!

    by KillaKane

    Pisses me off, I love the Corman/Bartel original and judging from this trailer, Anderson's take is about as far removed from DR200 as that crapfest remake of Rollerbal. *They* should retitle this DTV shit and avoid sullying another classic.

  • June 15, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    This looks like the remake of "Roller Ball"

    by Gozu

    Was that what they were going for? You know, failure?

  • June 15, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Jeff Albertson

    by Series7

    Yes, yes Speed Racer is great.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:56 a.m. CST

    This is a hand-grenade

    by CuntBubble

    Why make a movie when the trailer says it all? Pity about the lack of old people and religious nuts.

  • June 16, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST

    jonahhex & memories

    by Lost Jarv

    You're a cunt. Plain and simple. <P>Memories, the problem with you is that you don't enjoy "bad" movies on a purely visceral level- and your crap divining meter is badly skewed. Yes TWBB is as great as AvP is dreadful, but that is not the point. There is a whole range of middle ground- take Doomsday for example, Bugnuts crazy and great but obviously flawed. Now by your rationale it must be crap, but this isn't the case. <P>Don't forget, you're the clueless arsehole that thought AvP:R was going to be good, so don't pretend you have any right to judge based on a trailer.<P>For the record, I think this will be shit. And for anyone defending Anderson: 2 words: "Resident Evil"

  • June 16, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Well I don't care

    by FGT

    I liked Event Horizon, AVP and Mortal Combat..so there :P Resident Evil was...ok It was based on a computer game..was anyone expecting War and Peace? What's everyone's beek with the man...other than it seems to fashionable to slag him off online..

  • June 16, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    by FGT

    that should read 'beef with the man'

  • June 16, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    by FGT

    and ' to be fashionable'

  • June 16, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    FGT

    by Lost Jarv

    "It was based on a computer game..was anyone expecting War and Peace?"= complete rubbish and a pathetic apology. <P>Resident Evil has a remarkably simple premise that Anderson gutted in favour of Amnesia. <P>Also AvP and Mortal Kombat are awful. There can be no debating this.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Okay nothing about Anderson is ever promising.

    by knowthyself

    Unless this film is rated X with tons of nudity, loads of gore, and old people getting run over its not promising. It won't be good. And certainly that has nothing to do with Paul "can't direct for shit" W. S. Anderson.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I see it more as "The Longest Yard" but without ...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    the humor, and, uh, the football. I'll see it!

  • June 16, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    by FGT

    Why is it rubbish? It was based on a computer game..or did you think it was based on real events? I'm not apologising for the man..I just don't get the geek feeding frenzy every time his name is mentioned There can be no debating this....Well..ok then... However...in matters of taste there is no dispute

  • June 16, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    closed track = fail

    by zenzer

    Looks like this "race" is set on a closed track. I am guessing an old industrial complex that somehow "confines" the race. The lack of a "cross-country" setting means failure IMO. Just like The Running Man failed (compared to the book) by confining the race. I want to see the state of America as backdrop to this kind of brutal sport. This just smells of lazy, back-lot film making. Get a bunch of stunt drivers together with "road-warrior" cars, set them loose on a set, film and then write your movie in the edit suite. Yuck.

  • June 16, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Death Race by Robert Rodriguez

    by stuatfunnyordie

    would fucking rule, they should have let him do Speed Racer as well...

  • June 17, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Because, old chap

    by Lost Jarv

    the source material should have no bearing on quality. Standards are standards. For example, Indidana Jones is based on old pulp serials and look how that turned out. <P>The source is irrelevant and a feeble apology.

  • Aug. 11, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    The Flash

    by Skarkrow

    Seann William Scott should be cast as The Flash

  • Aug. 12, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    OK

    by orcus