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Death Race (2008)

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Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

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Storyline

In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release? Written by <[email protected]>

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Get ready for a killer race. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Race 3000  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,621,090, 22 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,316,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,677,515
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Trivia

Roger Corman's biggest budgeted film in years. See more »

Goofs

In the last race Machine Gun Joe' and Jensen Ames' head lights change. One shot Jensen Ames head lights are out while Machine Gun Joe has-his head lights on and vice versa. also At one shot you see that Machine Gun Joe has one head light out and in another shot he has both head lights on same with Jensen Ames head lights See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Case: [while being shot at during Death Race] Damn it!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, the line "Okay cocksucker. Fuck with me, and we'll see who shits on the sidewalk" is heard again. See more »

Connections

Followed by Death Race: Inferno (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

5th Set
Written by Mark Maher, Janet English, Damian Whitty
Performed by Spiderbait
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia PTY LTD.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Jason Statham as assertive and charismatic convict in a televised death race
16 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

The picture is set in the near future (2012), there the ultimate sporting is the Death Race where contestants get score points for running drivers down and sacrificing themselves. It's a futurist international sport , a violent and bloody car race where the drivers score points for hitting other vehicles. Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) is the hero behind the wheel, posing as Frankestein, and his nemesis the various killers drivers. He's a good guy wrongly accused of killing and locked on Terminal island. Jensen is coerced by warden Hennessey(Joan Allen) to enter Death Race , a gladiator-like televised fight-to death. A race against dangerous prisoner-drivers, as Machine Gun Mason (Tyrese Gibson), Pachenko (Max Ryan), Gunner (Jacob Vargas) and several others (Robin Shou, Robert LaSardo). Jensen is helped by coach (Ian McShane) and accompanied by a gorgeous eye-popping youngster (a sexy girl Natalie Martinez).

This exciting movie is full of noisy action, moving scenes , thrills, chills and lots of violence. Spectacular race cars with skillful stunts and barely computer generator effects. From the beginning to the end the unstopped action and the emotions are interminable. Stirring and lively musical score by Paul Haslinger along with a colorful cinematography by Scott Kevan . The motion picture is professionally directed , produced and written by Paul W. S. Anderson ,a noted producer and director of super-productions ( Resident Evil saga, Alien Vs Predator, Soldier, Event Horizont, Mortal combat). It's based on the classic B movie (1975) with the same title directed by Paul Bartel with David Carradine, Simone Griffeth and Sylvester Stallone , a cult favorite that here is correctly adapted adding much more action and violence. Nowadays Paul W. S. Anderson is preparing its following with similar technician and artist equipment.


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