Death Race

Death Race

Paul WS Anderson (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Privatised prisons make a killing forcing inmates into pay-per-view car races to the death in director Paul WS Anderson's bluntly violent take on the future for extreme sports and reality TV. Jason Statham consolidates his action-hero credentials as ex-Nascar champion Jensen Ames, who's framed for murder to become a pawn in the machinations of sadistic warden Hennessey (Joan Allen), until he sets his own escape agenda. Though very loosely based on the cult flick Death Race 2000, this is more like The Shawshank Redemption meets the video game Twisted Metal, as the political satire of the 1975 original is dulled here by a surfeit of epic crashes, spectacular explosions and bloody revenge. It's a frenetically edited stunt collection that is serviceably packaged by Anderson - despite some gaping plot holes. Statham does his charismatic moody loner turn, but it's Ian McShane who rises above the exploitation B-movie script with A-list production values, playing a genius mechanic who provides Statham with his weapons-customised vehicle.


Jensen Ames is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to Terminal Island Prison, a facility that broadcasts the highly profitable Death Race, a high-octane event where convicts battle to the death in customised cars. When a popular driver dies, crooked prison warden Hennessey persuades Ames to take his place, claiming he will be released if he is victorious. Sci-fi thriller, starring Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShane and Tyrese Gibson.

Cast & Crew

Jensen Ames Jason Statham
Warden Hennessey Joan Allen
Coach Ian McShane
Machine Gun Joe Mason Tyrese Gibson
Elizabeth Case Natalie Martinez
Pachenko Max Ryan
Gunner Jacob Vargas
Guard Ulrich Jason Clarke
Director Paul WS Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray