This action-thriller has the world's most brutal sporting event as its backdrop. A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks. Seeing a bunch of adrenaline crazed inmates itching for some action, a spectacular arena just waiting to be filled, and a global audience hungry for televised violence, they come up with an event in which cars are turned into virtual tanks equipped with exotic weaponry, and the drivers will try to kill one another, with the survivors eventually facing off in a final round, the Death Race
Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames (Jason Statham
"The Transporter") has recently been fired, and then is falsely convicted of killing his wife in a gruesome murder he didn't commit. Incarcerated at Terminal Island, he is given an easy choice by the warden (Joan Allen
"The Crucible"). If he agrees to take over for her most popular race car driver, the masked Frankenstein, who was killed in his last race, and if he wins, he will get his release, which he desperately wants, so he can get his infant daughter back. Otherwise he'll spend years rotting away in a cell. Ames must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in the country's toughest prison to claim the prize of freedom.
Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, one desperate man will destroy anything in his path to win the most twisted spectator sport on Earth.
His chief adversary is Machine Gun Joe (Tyrese Gibson
"Four Brothers"); and his pit crew consists of Coach (Ian McShane
- HBO's "Deadwood"), Lists (Frederick Koehler
"Domino") and Gunner (Jacob Vargas
"Flight of the Phoenix") and his gorgeous navigator is Case (Natalie Martinez
- TV's "Saints & Sinners").
Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
("Resident Evil"), the film roars, rages and races down the track, all velocity and visceral violence, unencumbered by logic, sense, reason or even an ounce of dignity. But it is loaded with cheap thrills and is sure to please action fans.