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Capone's reviews the sweaty, smelly ball-sack that is DEATH RACE!!

Hey everybody. Caponein Chicago here. I'll admit, there's a small part of me that was really looking forward to this retread of the classic Roger Corman-produced DEATH RACE 2000. I dig Jason Statham for the simple fact that he might be our last true action hero under 50 who can actually act. I'm always curious what Ian McShane is up to, even thought most of his film work of late is junk. And the idea of Joan Allen as a foul-mouthed, evil prison warden reignites a lifetime's worth of dominatrix fantasies. Then there are the negatives. I've never thought much of Tyrese Gibson as an actor with the exception of one movie—Baby Boy. Newcomer Natalie Martinez is hotter than hell, until she opens her mouth to speak. And then there's writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson, maker of such cinematic afterbirths as MORTAL COMBAT, EVENT HORIZON, SOLDIER, and ALIEN VS. PREDATOR. I'll admit to having some fun with RESIDENT EVIL, but his best movie remains his first, 1994's SHOPPING, with a very young Jude Law in his first starring role. Perhaps the worst sin this film commits is that there are no civilians to run down for extra points. Damn you, Anderson! DEATH RACE is set in the near future in an America whose economy has collapsed, the jobless rate is astronomical and crime is at an all-time high, complete with a prison system bursting at the seams. I'm not really clear how the Death Race is meant to quell the nation's ills (perhaps keeping citizens glued to their computers to watch this race keeps them from committing crimes), but the warden (Allen) of the Terminal Island Correctional Facility has devised a car race around her prison where all the drivers are inmates and death is a more likely outcome for most competitors than finishing. The tricked out cars are loaded with guns, armor, smoke, oil slicks, tire spikes, flamethrowers, napalm and the occasional RPG. Statham plays Jensen Ames, a steel worker and former racecar driver who is framed for his wife's murder and just happens to land in Allen's prison. What are the odds? Allen needs him not to drive as himself but as a recently killed superstar driver named Frankenstein (David Carradine played this role in the original film), whose face has been so horribly disfigured during his races that he wears a metal mask. If you win five races, you get released. Frankenstein has four wins, and the warden has promised Ames his freedom if he wins one more. Ames is given a navigator (Martinez) from the nearby women's prison, and the games begin. Naturally, the warden fucks with the drivers a bit during the race to maximize the drama and drive up the PPV ratings. Gibson takes over the Sylvester Stallone role as rival driver Machine Gun Joe, who keeps a scorecard of on-track kills on his face in the form of self-inflicted scars, so we know he's tough. When all is said and done, most of what the characters do and say in DEATH RACE defies logic, sense, intelligence, strategy or any sense of believability. In other words, the entire movie feels like bullshit. Sure, some of the racing sequences are exciting and vicious, but we can pretty much guess after the first 20 minutes who's going to live and who dies. Anderson's one strength is coming up with some interesting and graphic kills, and on that front he doesn't let us down. But everywhere else you look, DEATH RACE is one ton of shit hurling at you at 100 mph. My bus ride home after the screening of this movie had more suspense and thrills. Ah, the end of August blockbusters is upon us. -- Capone

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  • Aug. 23, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST


    by RueDBaga

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    Please die in a fire at the earliest convenience.<p>This actually sounds like it might be a great mindless, summertime film. Loved the original, though. "First!" posting rejects should be placed right in front of the vehicles in this film.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Did I just hear John Carpenters music...

    by mr.brownstone

    from Escape From New York playing during the diving recap on the Olympics just now?

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Glad you admitted your "thing" for Joan Allen, Capone

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I was worried it was just me. Ever since I saw her in Pleasantville, I've always thought she'd look good done up like Bettie Page or an Olivia (DeBerardinis) pin-up.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    so no one can enjoy mindless fun anymore?

    by Quartermass-87

    Sad that no one can get past their shit and just enjoy some fun and mindless crap. I mean really was the original some Oscar film...uhh, nope just B grade trash. Not everything can be perfect...and critics already made up their minds about this flick before seeing it so oh well. ANyway anyone remember when John Carpenter's The Thing came out....yeah all those horrible reviews trashing it and the gore and...well just about every its considered a classic. Granted this Death Race will be no classic...but its like a cheeseburger...bad for you maybe but once in awhile its good to have some guilty pleasure. On here I see everyone love DEadwood but then Ian McShane is in this and no one gives a shit, give up people Anderson may be a hack but I expect it. I mean come on...50's B horror, classic 70's trash....TRASH can be good if you watch it without an attitude that you think you are above it.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST least the original had social

    by bacci40

    commentary...was it b-movie exploitation? yup...but it had a point...and it was fun...mindless entertainment is fine...but dont make a remake...make your own shit...oh wait, anderson cant make his own shit...he is like boll, yet for some reason, doesnt get as much shit as boll does...although he should get more, cuz while boll truly seems to love the art of movie making (even if he sucks at it) anderson is a cynical fuck who knows throwing in tits and explosions will bring 17-20 year old boys running to the theater...this is movie making by the how i used to do those coloring books as a kid...the final product looks good, but it takes no creativity and no soul

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Grammar please.

    by Stan Grossman

    Dude, combat is spelled with a K. This garbage has officially settled an argument a friend and I often have. Who is the worst working director. Its obvious the two canidates are this clown and are old buddy uwe. After this mess I am going to have to award the honor to mr.pws(I get to bang milla jovivich somehow)anderson. At least uwe knows he's shit, though he will fuck you up if you told him so. Ive wasted to much time talking about this. Its like what, I did'nt expect this to turn out any other way. I mean this guy made soldier, and in turn made the great snake pliskin look like a c grade hack. Stop giving this guy money. Please.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Ian McShane's character has a line

    by NoodlesHahn

    where he explains why he's still in prison even after he qualified for parole. He says that he didn't recognize the world on the outside, the free world, but recognized the world on the inside in prison.<p>I think this also explains Ian McShane's movie career choices. Please, my good man, take parole!

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    I'd rather be watching Big Trouble in Little China

    by Han Cholo

    SHUT UP MR. BURTON!!! You were not brought upon this world to "get it." <p> "Cmon, Lo Pan is like...." <p> "Nothing you can understand. There are many mysteries, many unanswerable questions, even in a life as short as yours." <p> <p> Just writing about it makes me want to see it rather than this other shit.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Mr. Brownstone

    by JuanSanchez

    I heard the EFNY music too. And it was a faster version I've never heard before. Interesting - I'd like to track it down.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Tyrese and the Spanish chick not liked, what a surprise!

    by The Founder

    Before i even read the review i knew there was going to be a problem with the black and the hispanic.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Fun movie and nothing more.

    by The Founder

    Who went into this movie expecting a masterpiece. Death Race was fun and entertaining pure and simple.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    not your best review.

    by imascooby1985

    It was basically just 3 paragraphs of description and one of review. I expect better from ya Capone.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Event Horizon

    by StarskyandHushky

    does not belong in that list of afterbirths. Sure, it has it's faults, but it freaked me the hell out.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    True that Mr_Saxon

    by Han Cholo

    FUCK MICHAEL BAY!!!! <p> Hope he was reading that....

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Jason Statham can act?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    The only time i've found him bearable was at the start of Collateral, and only then because he is onscreen for about 10 seconds.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Paul Wooden Shit Anderson

    by kwisatzhaderach

    You missed the opportunity to get Joan Allen decked out in leather. You idiot.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    A great quote from Mr Anderson:

    by kwisatzhaderach

    "If you work with a subject matter beloved by a hardcore fan base, then there's going to be a huge amount of discussion of what you've got wrong or right. In some ways you can never please overly obsessive fans, it's just impossible." A small suggestion Mr PWS Anderson - make a GOOD film and you'll please the fans.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST



    Please remind me, was this movie always so vilified or did it only become so once Paul WS Anderson became such a dirty word. It's a fine film.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:30 a.m. CST



    What about Collateral. Statham is the best thing about that movie and he's only in the first 5 seconds.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Event Horizon is certainly the best film he's ever made. But Anderson has always been a dirty word - before Event Horizon he made Shopping, one of the worst British films ever made and Mortal Kombat. 'Nuff said.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Re: Collateral - you're taking the piss right?

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Hang about, kwisatzhaderach


    Shopping is total bullshit, no question. But wasn't it some cheap channel 4 production I'm guessing it was never meant to be groundbreaking, not making excuses but first effort and all that, maybe it is best forgotten. Mortal Kombat I'm sure I enjoyed as a kid and i've never seen since but who couldn't love the Utah Saints soundtrack. I still believe Event Horizon gets a bum deal, if that was directed by anyone else it would be remembered alot less harshly I'm sure. Collateral, No i'm not.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST

    There we go again

    by VoxMillennium

    AICN is well known for its collective pathological hatred towards anything Anderson does. Anderson, while certainly no brilliant is just an average talent who makes bad to decrnt movies. Here at AICN they always make it appear as if he's the worst director ever, which is total nonsense. Event Horizon was a pretty good movie which always scares the bejesus out of anyone I show it to. I enjoyed Soldier, even though it was a rather vapid plot. Mortal Kombat was a great kiddie movie (8 - 10 years old). Avp was indeed very bad but not much worse than most of what comes out of Hollywood. I sort of like the Resident Evil movies, well enough for at least a rental once. I get that the reason he is hated so much is mostly because in their view he fucks over beloved franchises or remakes of beloved originals. Well, get a grip and grow the fuck up.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 4:21 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    The opening shot of Collateral with the Cruiser walking in classic Michael Mann slo-mo is better than everything Jason Statham has ever done.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Event Horizon - Spoilers within

    by Bruce T Shark

    Poor to Average film made even worse by the "surprise" ending. Sam Neil wearing the space helmet sounds exactly like Sam Neil NOT wearing the helmet. So when he takes it off, boy was I surprised. The only Anderson film I've ever actually enjoyed was Soldier. Can anyone who's seen Death race tell me does Anderson do his Map on a computer screen that zooms into the actual location cr*p that he seems to do in every movie?

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST

    DEATH RACE is one ton of shit hurling at you at 100 mph.

    by palewook

    great line.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Wait, this has a different Statham?

    by Stalin vs Predator

    I could have sworn that this was the same sack of cement that spoiled the Italian Job remake and "The Bank Job", but now you refer to someone named Jason Statham as "an action hero" and someone "who can act"... in which case it must be a different Statham, right?

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST

    acting? who cares geez get lives

    by Quartermass-87

    LOL..I mean holy shite really?...I mean really? people care if a dude in an action flick can act? REALLY??!!! ummm the 80's were filled with classic action flicks...freakin Bronson, Stallone, Arnold....I mean those guys WERE action and sorry people they couldn't act their way out of a wet paper bag. I go to action flicks for action. Oh and if Statham is so horrible "acting" wise what is wrong...geez he is just in it to entertain...remember that guys...entertainment....perhaps you think you can do better? Umm probably not. Its easy to cut people up when you haven't actually done fuck all dude does his own stunts and can kick ass so piss off haters. Oh and to the commenters who actually are smart enough to realize that Anderson, while not a good director, is certainly not the worst. It just seems that way here cause its cool to bash certain people and god forbid geeks think for themselves and like something that ain't Batman or Hulk or shit....gotta jump on the hate bandwagon cause you are all so highbrow right? hahah. Oh and umm think about this as you type your comments and eat your Cheetos and stroke it to the comics...Paul W.S....yeah as you are doing your loser shit....yep he's doing Milla LOL and I reckon he cares little what you think of him.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    final fantasy or suikoden?

    by ironic_name

    shouldn't the drivers focus on the race instead of playing RPGs?

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Event Horizon

    by KGersen

    Had a lot of potential and could have been a classic if the final third of the film had been different. All his other films are unmitigated shit.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    What!? No pedestrians to run down!?!?!

    by speed

    Why even call it Death Race? Hell, I still play Death Race when I drive!! ipod wearing emo - 500 points!

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    But are you recommending it?

    by Action Hero

    Can't tell, anymore. Especially after your "Rocker" review

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Saw It Last Night...

    by KosherWookie

    ...And loved it--- Mindless cinematic popcorn, with creative kills and massive explosions! BTW, Capone--- A bus ride home from DEATH RACE?

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    A SEA of neck tattoos, Raiders Jerseys, ...

    by conspiracy

    under 2yrs babies being held by 17yr old welfare moms with studs through their lips, the occasional NASCAR shirt, lots of 14yr old boys who managed to sneak in, and a Floor littered with bus transfer tickets.....THATS what you'll find in any Theater showing this shit. a Movie made for the unthinking base of this society. It'll do good business.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Most Disliked Filmmakers in the Talkbacks..

    by Powers Boothe

    1. George Lucas<p>2. Paul WS Anderson<p>3. Brett Ratner<p>4. Michael Bay<p>5. McG<p>6. Spike Lee (Why? because all black "political" filmmakers are "racist")<p>With all due respect, the knee-jerk Talkback hate campaign is now pretty fucking tiresome.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Event Horizon

    by Ko-Dan_Mothership

    I agree with Starsky and BADBOY . . . this movie scared the shit out of me, which means it did what it set out to do. On second a viewing, I may laugh it off and feel differently, but due to fear, I've never seen it a second time. His other fims. . . meh.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Powers Boothe

    by Ko-Dan_Mothership

    You forgot Uwe Boll. And Anderson and Boll's status on this site is based on their lack of respect/competence for "geek" projects - comic books, toys, video game, blah blah.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Another fan of EVENT HORIZON

    by Johnny Ahab

    For years, this film has been shat upon here at AICN; so when it popped up on HBO a while back I thought, "gee, let me see what all the hate is about. Is it really that piss poor?" And I was pleasantly surprised. I really really liked this film - and I came in skeptical as hell with below-the-basement expectations. GREAT cast, great idea, and I liked how spooky it was. I was expecting lots of mindless stunts and noise, but instead got something subtle and creepy and unnerving - with some very disturbing imagery (especially of ship's video of the previous crew's descent into madness). So why the hate? I remember Harry once lambasting that the original script was phenomenal, and that they fucked it up. Hmmmm. I bought the DVD and listened to the extras -- and they talk about the original script having aliens responsible for the mayhem, but they decided to get rid of them and make it more psychological - and that's what I liked about the film. Lots of mind-fucking going on, and you don't need aliens. And as I don't have access to the original script, I can only base my opinion of the film on what I watched - and what I watched had me hooked and entertained throughout. If you haven't seen the film, and you can approach it with an open mind (and shut off the PWSA bias), you might be pleasantly surprised as well.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I hate it for different reasons than most of you...

    by Goldfingah

    I didn't walk in expecting a plot, or logic, or acting. I walked in because of Statham, the tricked out Mustang, the insanely hot Martinez, and the promise of a RACE. The "race" turned out to be a complete mess than looked like it had been edited by someone with an attention deficiency disorder. Time and space ceased to have any fucking meaning and what made it most insulting was how the dipshits who wrote the script laid down "rules" of the race. Another thing that killed me...KILLED me, I say, was how they went through the trouble of hyping up his car as this 850 horsepower, 700 foot/pound torque monster which won Frankenstein four races, only to show that he had the hardest time in the world outrunning a fucking PICKUP which probably weighs THREE TIMES as much with all its armor and weapons. So much for the car being badass. I have nothing against out and out silly movies. Hell, I loved ZOHAN, for crying out loud. What I HATE is movies where the filmmakers establish "rules" of physics and whatnot and are then the first to break them! I WASTED MY FRIDAY AFTERNOON ON THIS PIECE OF CRAP!!!

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Re: Mr. Anderson quote

    by GilbertRSmith

    It's not the non-existent die hard Death Race 2000 fans criticizing this movie, it's the people who think "mindless fun" doesn't have to mean "lackluster bullshit".

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Johnny Ahab

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I didn't hate Event Horizon, I just thought it was okay. It seemed with a cast like that it could have done better. Oh, well that's just one man's humble opinion. What always sticks out in my mind is Fishburne's line: eff this ship.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    As for Death Race 2000 as I haven't seen it

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I can't compare it and the remake. However it seems that as there are very big differences in the plot including the lack of pedestrians to run down, that it won't sit well with fans of the original. I don't get all the hate though. Taken on its own value it seems like it might be a good brainless popcorn flick shoot 'em up. I'll have to wait and see.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    So Event Horizon was a 'cinematic afterbirth', eh?

    by BiggusDickus

    Funny, 'cos I thought it was rather good as well. <p>Yer off the mark there, Capone, my boy...

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Oh, and it's 'Mortal KOMBAT', sweetheart...

    by BiggusDickus

    If you're going to diss something (and boy, is it worth dissing), at least get the spelling correct. That way, cheap little pedants like me won't come on here and have a pop at you about it.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Event Horizon?

    by Turtle_Z

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    as above

    by Turtle_Z

    Event Horizon was not a good film. Sorry to burst peoples bubbles but it was the same derivative crap that PWSA always produces. The production values and design struggle to hide what is a horrible mashing together of Alien and Hellraiser. FFS he even lifts lines directly from Hellraiser! Being generous, PWSA does have a knack of putting a few trademark visuals straight into your head. The leaping Predator. The Axe-dragging limping Zombie. The Laser Death of Colin Salmon. But in the end he's a hack and he always will be. Sure we can enjoy good, dumb, fun movies, but PWSA's films are hollow centred novelties. Cheap chocolate eggs with nothing tasty in the middle.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    It's Kombat not Combat

    by Super Rabbi

    All credibility lossed.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, noon CST

    I Got Lucky

    by gusradio

    The audience I ended up seeing this film with were pretty drunk and rowdy. Perfect crowd for a movie featuring fast cars with armor and machine guns. I had fun. Capone likes the Rush Hour movies btw.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by Aeghast's worth the download? Ha!

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Kortal Komkat

    by GilbertRSmith

    They got pretty silly with the K's in that series. If you watch it now (the first one), the fighting is still nice and violent and everything, dudes getting thrown into spikes, shit like that. Probably hard to defend beyond that, but some of the action actually holds up. Kortal Komkat Kannihilkation is still shit. Everyone does flips and backflips when walking would suffice, so you have like, a scene where Shao Kahn has to do a morose flip down the stairs and sadly inform his father that he failed again, and then do another backflip.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by GilbertRSmith

    It kind of deserves to replace Plan 9 and whatever else as the best so-bad-it's-good movie. Sci fi original level special effects, the story is nonsense, the characters act against their own interest and often show up for one scene to speak one line and then die or disappear.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by mr.brownstone

    I think it's the Escape From LA version.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Wow- Stupid..Hottest Girl Inmates EVER...

    by Judge Briggs

    I would love to work at their prison!

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    DO THE HOT Girl inmates get raped

    by Phategod2

    Im just saying in this stupid race im likely going to die and I have a hot piece of ass sitting next to me I know what I'm going to be doing at the starting line.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I just watched Event Horizon 2 months ago

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Still scary, atmospheric, etc. Yeah, the ending isn't epic, but it definitely holds up. <p> Oh, and Capone...we know you're in don't have to remind us every post.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    People Defending WS

    by bottombrick

    I agree with you that Event Horizon, etc get a bad rap. But to come on to a movie fan forum and say we don't fuck milla jovovich or direct hollywood movies so we should shut the fuck up and leave movie criticism to...I actually can't think of anyone you would accept it from, to be an Anderson or Boll fan I guess you have to shut off all outside movie appreciation / criticism / opinion. Just be honest with yourself and maybe consider that AVP is the shittiest movie you have paid to see in a theater, because unless you regularly go to shit like Date Movie it probably is. And Yeah, maybe Resident Evil by any other name would be regarded as a generic wire-fu actionlite vehicle and not have much love or hate heaped upon it, but the tone of the game was action horror and completely relied on a tone and mood that is ass fucked by its shitty hack issued movie counterpart. For the record, I love Mortal Kombat, and remember liking Event Horizon and Soldier although its been awhile. But if WS was trying at some point he gave up, and its all downhill from here. Castlevania will be the biggest clusterfuck van helsing ripoff piece of shit and I would love to be proven wrong, but its not going to happen.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Totally agree Bottombrick

    by Ko-Dan_Mothership

    Allthough in my opinion, "van helsing ripoff" somehow implies that Ven Helsing actually had something worth ripping off. . . :)

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    The hot prison chicks attempted to be raped...

    by Han Cholo

    I remember someone posting a review from a movie where he says some girls "attempted to be raped." But really, how hard is it to get raped if you're actively looking to get raped?

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Total ass

    by Mace Tofu

    I went to the movies with 3 friends, the showtimes off the net were wrong so we missed the flick we went to see. They offered us the choice to see DEATH RACE but no one in the group wanted to see it. We went home and watched MAD MAX 2 on HD DVD instead. Now if DEATH RACE was about running people over for points we would of bought 4 tickets. Watching crooks die in a fixed race? Who cares. MAD MAX 2 looks good in HD BTW.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Kool Aid doesn't make sense either. Oh yeah!

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    More enjoyable than most of the crap you shitheads like

    by Pixelplays

    Don't know what planet many of you are on, but you really are a bunch of jaded scumbags. This movie will probably do fantastic on DVD and be a cult fave. Ten years from now it will be the bench mark. Death Race 2000 stank, this one is pretty decent.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST


    by The Founder

    I don't understand the hate for this film, and what's sad is that most who are complaining probably didn't even see it and if they did i question their intelligence. I mean I've read so much hate against this Anderson/director guy and since most here say that his films are garbage, why go and see his next project? Don't make much sense to me. At anyrate I've seen some the man's film and while they range from mediocre to just entertaining, he's a capabable enough director for whta he does. The only problem I ever had with him was when he got attached to the first AvP film. I really felt that FOX should have pulled together a quality production team. Anderson has always been fine for the low budget action films that he makes. Non of them are memorable of important, but they are entertianing enough at the theater and they are always released during the slow season.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    I totally won't see it

    by Ko-Dan_Mothership

    So why am I on this talkback? I . . . don't know. bye.

  • Aug. 23, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST

    No, it was good

    by WolfmanNards

    You guys would have said the same thing about the first death race if it were released today.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Theres no point

    by bottombrick

    in arguing with the kind of insipid cunt that can't enjoy Death Race 2000, but to go to see the Anderson directed Statham remake and honestly say not just that you find it enjoyable, which in the right state of mind (drunk) listening to guns'n'roses and watching some shit explode on screen you could probably make some fun for yourself, but to say that it could be a bench mark 10 years from now there is something wrong. Dude it hurts me to think there is someone out there so devoid of movie taste that that thought could be uttered. If there is anything that could be done to help you, a talkback therapy session or an olive branch that could be extended so you would pull your head out of your ass for a few seconds and realize what you are saying, there is a whole world of film out there you could be enjoying but you have to take the first step and admit you have a problem. You are a retard.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    There is no point

    by Pixelplays

    We can agree to disagree. There is some pretty awful stuff that gets reviewed as good on this site that is just a total waste of time. Boring me to sleep on many occasions. I even went back a second time (matinee $5) to see this movie just to see what everyone hated and I have to disagree. Maybe Death Race 2000 didn't stink... I never wanted to own it on DVD... but I really found this movie enjoyable for what it is... mindless escape that surprisingly had some messages buried deep. But everyone is so hell bent on bashing the director - who actually seemed to do a good job - that they miss those. Actually that other Paul Anderson director made that steaming turd "There Will Be Blood" which I endured only because I read all the raves about it. I and most people I know, and people they know, thought it was the absolute worst save for Daniel Day Lewis. The key to me whther Death Race movie was good or not? Was I bored - hell no. Will I buy it when it comes out on DVD - hell yes.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I'm with you. Sometimes when I go out to eat I want fine dining in an elegant restaurant. Sometimes I want a Big Mac. Both are satisfying depending on my mood. This movie is a Big Mac. I'm so broke now I can't do the dollar menu. I'll have to wait for the DVD.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    So another clueless reviewer

    by ominus

    from aicn,who expects from a mindless fun movie,to have a story and characters of citizen kane's level. i dont know capone's experience with the action cinema,but i know this for myself.i am 29 and i have watched hundreds of action flicks from all the eras,especially the golden age of 80s,and u know what,the action films, which apart from great action,they have great story and great characters,they dont even sumup the fingers of my one hand. and we are talking about pure action flicks.not hybrids. mr capone if death race is bullshit,then whats your opinion about the all time classic commando?tango and cash?big trouble in little china?speed?rambo 2 and 3,die hard 2to4?universal soldier,id4,etc. and u what else.even masterpieces like die hard or the killer,they have things which defy logic and reality.but u dont give a shit for all them,because u go to see them, first of all for great,adrenaline rushed action,with cool bad ass heroes and villains and then if u r lucky u get and a good story as an extra. but expecting realism,logic,drama,oscar nomminees for writing and acting,in a film entitled as DEATH RACE,then u must be an idiot.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    and something for the original death race.

    by ominus

    i admire it as a small cult film with the guts to express,with the killing of innocent pedestrians by cars,originality,a factor of coolness and a social message. but was it a good film as whole?a good story,with good characters,good direction,music,etc?not even with the average film was a piece of crap.objectively taking. so spare me mr capone,your rant about the remake (which in fact is a prequel as mentioned by the director) and learn to critise something as what it truly is and not what u want to be.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    and event horizon is a decent film..

    by ominus

    ..not a masterpiece but decent. a good blent of hellraiser,solaris,alien and disney's black hole. on the other hand,there will be blood the other andersons film, pure horror if u sit down to watch it..jesus christ i want those 2 hours of my life back..

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    The thing about Event Horizon...

    by pinkfloyd2000

    It's kinda like From Dusk Til Dawn. The first half hour or so, I'm enjoying it a great deal. And then...stupid gorefest breaks out.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Mindless fun

    by Biowolf

    Just what I expected and that is what I got. I liked it. And Ian RULES.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Great film!

    by Dazzler69

    It was worth seeing in theaters! I thought the semi was a little overkill however. Thinking from the writer point why bring in something that kills every driver before 3rd stage of race? They could have brought it in to reduce # of drivers to two for the end and leave but it kept attacking? It rocked the way it bit the dust. This would make a great video game also.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Newsflash: Actual World Now More Frightening Than Fantasy World

    by LaserPants

    Whats the point of watching movies about dystopia when we live in one?

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    by ominus

    the real world always was,is and is going to be a dystopia. have ever the powerful stopped to exploit the week?

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Statham HATE?

    by slugbat

    Whooo what??! <p> If he had landed the role of Vincent in Collateral, we would be speaking of him very differently. Mann should do a prequel to Collateral with Statham. That would be an interesting project.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST

    These 2 assholes on 'E!' this morning...

    by pokadoo

    ...were saying it's a bad remake of "a bad film that should never have been made in the first place"! They then went on to recommend 'House Bunny' starring Anna Farris! 100 points to anyone who see's them crossing the road!

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    everyone loves big macs and univeral soldier

    by bottombrick

    but you are going to have to give me something more to go on than "haters is fags" and "mindless fun!!1!". what did you enjoy about the movie? are any of the characters cool or any of the action interesting/payoff giving. the only actor that seems to have the potential to be cool is Swengen. I guess my real question is do you like transporter 2, or are there recent action movies you like that you would compare this to so I could know if your idea of a good action movie is widely divergent from mine before I waste my money to see an Anderson directed Statham vehicle.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    bottombrick u put the correct

    by ominus

    questions,questions that mr capone should ask to himself after watching the film. <p>i would compare death race to the older films,because simply most of the recent action films are garbage. <p>if u like the stunts from the max max 2 movie,u r going to love the stunts of this cgi,real stuff,u watch the dirt on the cars and hear the engine roaring,and smell the wheels burn. <p>since we are talking about action movie with cars,lets compare it to fast and fury.i am not of new the generation that find the fast and furious franchise fascinating.not that they are not decent films but i am from the old school.i like the stunts from the original gone in 60 seconds,the pursuit with the mustangs in bullit,car racings in the bandit,the dukes and superball. watching van diesels well polished gtx car when he starts it,with the uber audio system and nitro boosts,and the CGI scenes from the internal of the engine and the closeups of the running wheels,its simply not my kind of cinematography style for action movies with cars. for last,i found transporter 2 not as good as the first one,but i enjoyed it.and i like statham.he is cool.i dont imagine what other actor,could jumpr from a building,roll over on the ground and then stand up and fix his costume with style.the last thing i watched someone with a charisma for that kind of specific scene was with pierce brosnan in golden eye,but that was years ago....

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Anna Faris backside nude?

    by Pixelplays

    That was the best thing about House Bunny - hope it was her - BTW I think Capone liked it - I thought many of the jokes misfired. Hef definitely can't act. Death Race has more than enough mayhem and the Internet/Video Game connection put some tongue in cheek. Jason was his dependable self as Jensen. Everybody wonders why Joan Allen was in it... why not? Every half way decent action film has an actor of some respect in it - a lady warden with a classy/business bitch demeanor worked well... I've worked with enough to see that - and she's still a babe - the MILF vote! - Ian McShane as Coach rocked... he's perfect... Tyrese Gibson as Machine Gun Joe did an excellent job as Joe... Frederick Koehler as Lists helped get the exposition taken care of nicely... Natalie Martinez looks great (she IS a babe) and played the role with guts... love her lips! - all the other bad guys were bad guys... though Jensen's wife Suzy played by Janaya Stephens was only in for a couple minutes, you got enough from her to feel bad when she was killed. Hope we see more of that Canadian actress... As taste reference - I liked the original Die Hard and enjoyed the last one. I kinda like Tango & Cash, I liked the last Rambo film, the first Lethal Weapon, the Dirty Harry movies and Death Wish. There you go for films where dozens get killed violently and plenty of stuff blows up. I also liked the fact that a bunch of innocents didn't die except for Suzy and that was an important part of the movie. Lately I've seen too many movies where kids are put in jeopardy.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Action Movie Rule #1 2008

    by Andre the Frog

    If there's a nasty black dude in the film, by the end of the film he'll find some way to be a good person and help out the hero. Even if there'e no hope that he's going to get the hot Hispanic chick because he's a fag.

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I found the premise quite believable

    by C.K. Lamoo

    But then, I just watched Wipeout!

  • Aug. 24, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Joan Allen's Ultimate Fate

    by C.K. Lamoo

    wasn't nearly gory enough.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    "sweaty, smelly ball-sack?"

    by Fletch F. Fletch

    Do grown adults really talk this way?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    What can I say...

    by Blackguard

    ...I liked it. It was a FUN action movie with lots of cool car crashes. What did you expect? <p> I am a HUGE fan of Event Horizon. It still creeps me out. Resident Evil was a cool ride and Mortal Kombat wasn't half bad for its time. AVP wasn't bad but it wasn't as cool as it could have been. He had a LOT to live up to on that one. <p> I'd take Anderson over Boll for a video game movie any day.....

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST

    This movie is shit.

    by Sidepocket

    The original was better because it was a fun B-Movie that had lots of still relevant social cometary, just like the Dead Trilogy has. You seriously would have taken this over a true remake with Speed Racer level of crazy but done live action on the level of Pulp Fiction or Sin City with Christian Bale as Frankestine, Stephen Cobert as the Announcer, Christopher Walken as Mr. President, Asia Argento as Annie Smith and Benicio del Toro as Machine-Gun Joe? Please!

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I am a Jason Statham apologist

    by Beezbo

    I admit to pretty much liking all of his movies, including Death Race. I grew up a big action movie fan in the '80's, and went to all of the Arnold, Stallone, Seagal, and Van Damme movies back then. None of these guys could act worth a damn, but they were all cool in their own way. Statham IS a better actor than all of these action heroes, and he definitely has a real presence about him. Name a better action star working today. I don't understand all of the recent backlash against stupid action movies. Maybe it's the "Dark Knight" syndrome - suddenly genre films have to be grim and epic and Oscar-worthy. I won't argue with anyone who found Death Race to be stupid, or who hated the changes from the original, or who think Anderson is a hack director (all valid points). I just hope fun action movies don't get relegated to direct-to-DVD hell.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Another Remake flops at the box office

    by Samuel Fulmer

    What a shock!

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    by Pixelplays

    #3 isn't a flop. Only shit hype meisters think that way. It will make boatloads of money overseas and on DVD as well. Only good thing about Dark Knight was Heath Ledger's performance... the rest was not Oscar worthy. Sorry.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:29 p.m. CST

    It was a good flick - solid actioner

    by Spacesheik

    Saw DEATH RACE, pretty entertaining yarn, fast-paced, kinetic, bloody and had some great turns by Jason Statham and Ian McShane. I expected much, much worse, its a solid actioner.

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