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Death Race - a review


Do any of you remember the cartoon Wacky Races? It was about a car race of wacky cars


And the bad guy was always trying to sabotage the others, but ended up coming last each time although he had the fastest car…


It ran from 1968 to 1970, but I remember watching it in French as a kid, probably around 1977-8.

1975 saw Death Race 2000


It had a pre-Rambo Sylvester Stallone in it – who (surprisingly enough) has a role that involves wielding a machine gun and killing as many people as possible with his car. I guess some things never change :-)

Well, Death Race, which just came out and which I got to see thanks to Nuffnang, is a remake of Death Race 2000, and I couldn’t help thinking of Wacky Races too, when I was watching it. Perhaps they all reflect America’s obsession with cars and violence… It’s strange, although this movie has its fair share of violence and gore, I think that Death Race 2000 – where you have old people being run over to score points, and one scene where nuns were run over – was more gratuitously violent than this one, where the race is on a closed race track on ‘Terminal Island’, only other prisoners (i.e. bad guys anyway, except for our hero) get killed.

It’s an action movie, set in the future where America is beset by unemployment and crime, and all the prisons are run by private corporations. Profit is the major motive, and the warden of Terminal Island prison has come up with the ultimate reality show – a race to the death between prisoners driving heavily armed souped-up sports cars.

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