Right, I’m supposed to buy that Jason Statham’s character in the “Death Race” remake is a NASCAR driver. Hell, the guy even talks in full, complete sentences. What-EV, Hollywood. Anyhoo, here’s the first trailer for “Death Race”, the remake by Paul W.S. Anderson (not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson, i.e. the Paul Anderson who fanboys don’t go into berserker rages just thinking about). It looks like a slam bang good time, if you’re not into all that thinking and logic stuff, but like all of PWSA’s movies, I’m sure it’ll get right to the edge of potential greatness, only to fall right back on its average ass. Dude just can’t seem to get over the hump of average, what can I tell ya.
Ex-con Jensen Ames (Statham) is forced by the warden of a notorious prison (Allen) to compete in our post-industrial world’s most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.
Statham plays the wrongly convicted NASCAR driver, framed by Joan Allen’s prison warden so she could get herself a good driver to win the race. Hell, you gotta respect the woman’s outside-the-box thinking; that is, if getting framed by her didn’t guarantee attempted sodomy on your person by your cellmate Butch every other hour.
Spicy Mexican newcomer Natalie Martinez plays Case, Statham’s “navigator”. Tyrese Gibson is Statham’s nemesis, Machine-Gun Joe. How many cigarettes that the two team up to escape Allen’s racing circuit? Finally, Deadwood badass Ian McShane chews scenery and collects a nice paycheck. Hey, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do to keep the swimming pool and the Missus happy, am I right?
By the way, you know how in every action movie about guys forced to compete in something illegal, inevitably someone always declares, “The rules are simple — there are no rules!” So what, does that mean Statham can just drive off on his merry little ways? Since theres, you know, apparently no rules. Yeah, that’s what I figured. Trailers are such liars.
The race is on August 22.