Death Race Has Flamethrower Carnage, But No Dead Pedestrians

The new Death Race movie can throw as many weapons-packed cars at us as it wants, but it still won't be half as entertaining now that they've done away with earning points for mowing down pedestrians. This remake of 70s classic Death Race 2000 is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator) so there will be explosions, car flippery, and bad dialogue. But it still won't pack any of the kick of the original. Click through for more details (and to enlarge that flamethrowery image, from Empire Magazine).


The film stars adrenaline junkie Jason Statham as Ex-con Jensen Ames, who lives in an industrialized future, where the main spectator sport is a bloody televised car race driven by prisoners. And you guessed it, anything goes. First place receives their freedom and many others die grizzly deaths on the asphalt.

Ames is a hardened man with who's trying to keep his life on the straight and narrow for his little girl. Too bad for Ames, he's framed for murder and thrown back into the Terminal Island Prison. There he's given a choice by gaunt warden (Joan Allen) to join the Death Race as the fan-favorite Frankenstein or die in his cell. So Ames dons the infamous Frankenstein mask and heads down the road towards his freedom and the complete destruction of everything fans loved about the original movie.

I don't care how many times you blow up Jason Statham, he's not going to be as amazing as the original Frankenstein, David Carradine. Also, as we've mentioned before, prisoners killing other prisoners (innocent or not) is just not the same as winning extra points for running over an infant. [Empire Magazine]