Death Race is a 2008 action movie released on August 22, which is a remake of the 1975 film titled Death Race 2000. It stars Jason Statham in the lead role, Tyrese Gibson as "Machine Gun Joe" Joseph Mason, Joan Allen as Hennessey, Ian McShane as Coach, Natalie Martinez as Elizabeth Jayne Case, Jacob Vargas as Gunner.
Originally, the movie was scheduled for release on September 26, 2008, but has been moved on August 22.
Death Race Reviews:
The film has received mixed reviews from critics. It currently holds a 40% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 41 out of 100 on Metacritic.
Nathan Lee of The New York Times said that "the movie is legitimately greasy, authentically nasty, with a good old-fashioned sense of laying waste to everything in sight."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film half a star out of four, calling it "an assault on all the senses, including common."
Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News gave the film one and a half stars (out of four), calling it "junk" and saying that "the chases are pretty cool, but there's absolutely nothing else to see."
Marc Savlov of the Austin Chronicle called Death Race "one of the most boring drags of all time."
Keith Phipps of The Onion's A.V. Club said the movie is "ideal for those who want to watch a bunch of cars blow each other up, without having to think about it all that much."
Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle called the film "an ill-advised and severely wussified remake."
James Berardinelli of ReelViews awarded Death Race a score of two and a half stars out of four, saying that it's "weak when it comes to things like plot, character, and acting, but it's very good at provoking visceral reactions."
Robert Koehler of Variety called Death Race "as hard as metal and just as dumb" and criticized it for removing the humor of Death Race 2000.
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