Death Racers

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  • R
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 2.5  (1,102)

Death Racers is a 2008 action-horror comedy film that is guaranteed to offer audiences an action-packed ride. Directed by Roy Knyrim, the movie is set in a dystopian future where economic collapse has led to societal breakdowns and chaos. The movie stars Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, Scott Levy, and Jason Ellefson, and centers around a brutal race that takes place in a maximum-security prison.

The film has a distinctive opening consisting of a newsreel of b-roll footage of revolting riots, car crashes, and other violent scenes as an unseen reporter explains that "the economic collapse has finally led to societal breakdown, and the only hope for many people is reality television." The action then shifts to the race where we meet the three-star racers: the typical super attractive blonde woman Buza (Kari Wuhrer), the ruthless and arrogant king of the hill, Machine Gun Joe (Scott Levy), and the seemingly indestructible newcomer, Jensen Ames, played by Jason Statham doppelganger Jason Ellefson. The prison system forced Amos, known as Blackula (Violent J), and his rap group to participate in the race, leading to a class-based race war amongst the inmates.

The premise of the movie is pretty straightforward - the prize for winning the race is simple—freedom. But, the catch is, there are no rules. This means that the racers can employ any tactic necessary to be the last man or woman standing. The racers' cars are armored and rigged with weapons, rovers filled with guns shadow the racers, and other vehicles compete against them. The production crew films the event in seedy third-world locations designed to look like maximum-security prisons.

The race itself is action-packed, and the vehicles' designs are fascinating, with different cars featuring unique weapons like flamethrowers, giant saw blades, and grappling hooks that allow them to grapple onto other cars, board them, and take out their opponents face-to-face. Additionally, the movie has some fantastic stunts, including car jumps, crashes, and explosions that will have audiences glued to their seats. The race itself is well-shot, with competent directing that showcases the cars and their destruction brilliantly.

As the race progresses, the racers realize that they're definitely not in Kansas anymore, and it becomes clear that they are stuck in a twisted game that they can't escape. A dark turn in the plot sees the apathetic production team gamifying the event, manipulating the racers to create more exciting television. The violence keeps escalating, and the racers find themselves battling with other contestants, who are willing to do anything to win the grand prize. They must fight their way through a series of obstacles and ever-increasing adversity, relying on their wits, driving skills, and sheer guts to survive the race.

Perhaps the race's most notable feature is the wacky racers themselves. The different personalities and quirks make the characters' appeal endearing, as they feature distinct clothing styles, skills, backgrounds, and vehicles. The viewer sees the various participants' drives, motivations and learns how they became incarcerated in the prison system. Furthermore, the racers' drivers are colorful characters themselves, providing an injection of humor and action to each scene.

Death Racers's production keeps things gritty and realistic, with the camera work staying steady and the editing not overdoing the action or presenting flashy and unrealistic visuals. The soundtrack is a mix of metal, punk, and industrial sounds that add to the adrenaline-fueled atmosphere of the movie. The music supervisors know their audience well and create a perfect ambiance for the audiences to root for their favorite driver.

In conclusion, Death Racers is an exciting action-packed rollercoaster ride that promises high-speed chases, brutal visuals, and intense fight scenes. It certainly won't be every moviegoer's cup of tea due to it's "B movie" nature and the quirky characters, but if you're a fan of trashy, exploitative action movies that don't take themselves too seriously, Death Racers is the perfect film that delivers the goods. The movie is perfect for groups of friends or mixed-aged audiences looking for a fun evening of mindless entertainment.

Death Racers is a 2008 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 2.5.

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    1 hr 30 min
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    2.5  (1,102)