This movie is loosely inspired from the 1975 version of Death Race 2000, starring Sylvester Stallone. Instead of getting points by killing civilians with your car, this one takes place in a prison and is a very popular TV show that pits prisoners against each others. Most will die, but if you can manage to win three races, your prize is a get-out-of-prison card. The races are organized by the prison warden, who seems more interested in keeping the ratings high then seeing her star drivers winning their freedom.
The main reason I went to see this movie is it's star, Jason Statham. I always enjoy seeing him playing the tough guy type of character. Also starring is Tyrese Gibson, Joan Allen, Ian McShane and Natalie Martinez, to name a few. I was expecting action, fast cars, crashes, mayhem and an OK story. I got all of that. The story is not bad and has a few twists and surprises, although some were predictable.
Statham delivers his usual macho "don't mess with me" character, which I like seeing him doing. Let's face it, the title announces what we're in for when going to see this movie. Plenty of violence, car races and an increasing body count. I liked it! Find a baby sitter for the kids, because this is absolutely not meant for them.
Death Race was shot in Montreal, but you really can't tell by looking at it. It's not suppose to either. For action movie lovers.