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  • Summary: Terminal Island: The very near future. The world’s hunger for extreme sports and reality competitions has grown into reality TV bloodlust. Now, the most extreme racing competition has emerged and its contestants are murderous prisoners. Tricked-out cars, caged thugs and smoking-hotTerminal Island: The very near future. The world’s hunger for extreme sports and reality competitions has grown into reality TV bloodlust. Now, the most extreme racing competition has emerged and its contestants are murderous prisoners. Tricked-out cars, caged thugs and smoking-hot navigators combine to create a juggernaut series with bigger rating than the Super Bowl. The rules of the Death Race are simple: win five events, and you’re set free. Lose and you’re road kill splashed across the internet. (Universal Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
  1. 80
    The movie is legitimately greasy, authentically nasty, with a good old-fashioned sense of laying waste to everything in sight -- including the shallow philosophizing and computer-generated fakery that have overrun the summer blockbuster.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    It honestly delivers the goods without all the preachy moralizing about violent entertainment and cultural ruin.
  3. Soft sexual and racial jabs replace the more daring political commentary of the original, a crude classic from the Roger Corman factory.
  4. 58
    It's the perfect end-of-summer film, and a sign that summer needs to end soon.
  5. Well, you've got to say this for Death Race: It knows what it is and doesn't apologize for it. What it is, incidentally, is junk.
  6. Paul Bartel's "Death Race 2000" is a beloved camp item, but this slick, loud, violent remake is pitched at the video game crowd.
  7. 0
    Here's hoping Allen's static Hennessey is due to an extreme acting choice and not plastic surgery. It would be tragic to lose a natural smile to star in garbage like Death Race.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 49
  2. Negative: 9 out of 49
  1. richards
    Jan 21, 2009
    10
    It was a cool movie I think you should make a part 2 to this.
  2. TerryD.
    Aug 21, 2008
    10
    Is it me or do the critics INSTANTLY hate a movie when Paul W.S. Anderson's name is in the directors credit? I mean, geez, every movie Is it me or do the critics INSTANTLY hate a movie when Paul W.S. Anderson's name is in the directors credit? I mean, geez, every movie this guy has produced was an absolute blast - Mortal Combat, Event Horizon, Soldier, Resident Evil, and Alien vs. Predator. Yeah, sure they weren't Hamlet but there are full of great fun and thrills. I'm going to see this as soon as I can - the guy delivers! Expand
  3. AlanW.
    Sep 11, 2008
    9
    For what it is--an action packed brainless death race--its a great movie for this class of shows. I enjoyed the ride and appreciated the For what it is--an action packed brainless death race--its a great movie for this class of shows. I enjoyed the ride and appreciated the simple plot and battle scenes. Go see it if you need a break from a day of stress and work. Expand
  4. LeoSmith
    Feb 22, 2009
    7
    An excellent B-movie. Lots of action. Even a story-line. Well played characters, except for the Lady-in-charge. Makes you wonder if TV An excellent B-movie. Lots of action. Even a story-line. Well played characters, except for the Lady-in-charge. Makes you wonder if TV companies would show such an event. Not really. We know they would ! Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2013
    6
    Death Race kills.
    In one of Jason Statham's most consistent films. Death Race takes a simple plot and executes it with precision. The film
    Death Race kills.
    In one of Jason Statham's most consistent films. Death Race takes a simple plot and executes it with precision. The film is filled with good action sequences, a well developed story line, and is just fun to watch.
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  6. DanielS
    Oct 18, 2009
    4
    Gabriel Z, firstly you said that the title is Death Race and we shouldn't expect a good movie but a mess of explosions The movie that Gabriel Z, firstly you said that the title is Death Race and we shouldn't expect a good movie but a mess of explosions The movie that this movie was based on was "Death Race 2000" and that was a good movie most of us critics went into "death race" expecting something as good as the original and could you please refrain from commenting on critic websites, since you do not know anything about a good movie. Expand
  7. AP
    Aug 21, 2008
    0
    Worst movie I've seen in years. 30 Days of Night and Spider-man 3 were cinematic masterpieces compared to this horrible drek. Trite Worst movie I've seen in years. 30 Days of Night and Spider-man 3 were cinematic masterpieces compared to this horrible drek. Trite story, totally insulting. Expand

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