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Welcome to the Death Race, where hardened convicts and smoking-hot navigators race tricked-out cars in the most twisted spectator sport on Earth! Sentenced to the world's most dangerous prison for a murder he did not commit, Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) has only one chance to get out alive - win the ultimate race to the death. Also starring Tyrese Gibson, Death Race is a "supercharged, sick and satisfying” (Nathan Lee, The New York Times) ride that will keep you pinned to your seat all the way to its insane, metal-crushing end!
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The movie focus's on Jensen Ames(Jason Statham), an ordinary guy that had a job in which was just closing leaving Jensen and his co-workers jobless and collecting their last paychecks. Things soon get worse for Jensen as 2 vicious people of whom's appearances are completely covered by their black outfits break into Jensen's home, physically assault Jensen, and murder his wife. It isn't long before poor Jensen is sent to a prison on an island in which the prison is corporately funded to put on a webshow called, "Death Race". It's a show online in which people watch imprisoned racers kill eachother while racing. While there he meets Lists, a highly talkative young prisoner/mechanic that is up on stories and stats on everyone and everything. Soon evil and sadistic Warden Hennessey(Joan Allen) along with her brutal guard Ulrich(Jason Clarke, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Terminator Genisys) offer Jensen a chance to join the Death Race as their presumed dead, mask-sporting icon Frankenstein. Hennessy promises that if Jensen races and wins as many times as she says then he will get a full pardon. At first Jensen refuses but soon he decides to do it. He then meets Coach and his sexy Navigator Case as he races for his freedom and the prison looks for high ratings from the viewers.
This movie is Jason Statham just how we all love him; wild, tough, and kicking a** and taking names. His character Jensen Ames is a character that you truly feel for as you really feel bad about what happened to his wife and you wish him the pleasure of justice for her death as well as his freedom. The mechanics are really cool characters that are able to equip the race cars with all kinds of cool weapons as well as repair. They're also very likable characters.
If you're into lots of awesome action including cars crashing, bullets flying, lots of explosions, a fast pace, and above all some really awesome equipped with all sorts of state-of-the-art weaponry then this movie is one that you have got to see and believe.
Also there are really hot women in this movie as well that come from a women's prison to be both the male prisoners navigators but also to help them with the usage of the weapons as well.
For those who want to see Jason Statham give his enemies a smackdown as well, there is one fun scene of that.
The script to this movie is a work of brilliance with only occasional awkward lines.
The music is very well composed music perfect for any action sequence.
The cinematography is beautiful, well framed, and never dull.
My only criticism of this movie is the extremely irritating shaky cam issue.
Jason Statham plays an ex-driver who is in prison and who is persuaded to race for his freedom. Since the race is deadly it is called the "Deat Race". This film attempts to resurrect some elements of Death Race 2000, Frankenstein, female co-pilot, etc but ultimately it is too modern and too Hollywood for that to go far enough. There's no political satire here. The special effects are good as are the action sequences. The cast copes well with a poor script and poorly drawn, stereotypical characters. Enjoy this as an action movie with cars in and you won't go too far wrong. This will never be the cult classic that Death Race 2000 became. A big budget and Hollywood conservatism made sure of that.