Sunday, January 11, 2009

Death Race 2008



Death Race ~ Again we go back to the question of why do a remake. Perhaps in this case, they did it because of the technology and perhaps it because of a more realistic premise – or is that a less campy premise? That said, Death Race is no Death Race 2000, but it is a little better in its execution. But sadly, it is only in its remake/pseudo-sequel/re-imagining that Death Race merits any real attention. Otherwise it’s just another Jason Stathem vehicle, just another run-of-the-mill scifi thriller with a gimmick, and it will never attain even a fraction of the cult status of the original. Writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson tries hard, Joan Allen makes a superior heavy and Stathem does what he does best, but this will only be worth a last ditch rental on a night when everything else is out.

3 comments:

  1. Sorry to disagree, Glenn, but Death Race is on it's way to me today from Netflix. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Of course, I drool over any movie with Jason Statham. Especially if he takes off his shirt... especially if he takes off his shirt and fights...

    Yep! Can't wait for Friday. :)

    Audrey

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  2. Enjoy. :-)

    Jason does indeed rock.

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  3. I'm a big Statham fan although I haven't seen this yet...( didn't feel it was quite necessary to run to the theater to see it) I'm going to pick it up on DVD just because I've been obsessed with the original since I was 15. I won't expect too much from this one though.

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