Death Race

Theatrical Release: August 22, 2008
Death Race


A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks. Now, adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for televised violence and a spectacular arena come together to form the Death Race.

Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames is an expert at survival in the harsh landscape that has become our country. Just as he thinks he has turned his life around, the ex-con is framed for a gruesome murder he didn’t commit. Forced to don the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein-a crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill-Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island’s warden: suit up or rot away in a cell.

His face hidden by a metallic mask, one convict will be put through an insane three-day challenge. Ames must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in the country’s toughest prison to claim the prize of freedom. Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, one desperate man will destroy anything in his path to win the most twisted spectator sport on Earth.

Dove Review

This film is just what we need. A film which glorifies killing and violence. We certainly don’t have enough of those around. If you don’t care for someone, you can always attempt to blow up or demolish his vehicle. Talk about road rage! Jason Statham’s performance is fine and he plays intense very well, but this film is not one for families. It has some graphic scenes in it and surely even viewers who enjoy action pictures will have a few moments while watching this when they realize it’s pretty strong in the violence arena. It is fast paced, which is one of the few good things I can think of to say about it.

The special effects are fine but how about watching some space-age heroes? Why not take the family to see “The Clone Wars” this weekend, or “Fly Me to the Moon”? This one definitely does not receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Several sexual innuendos; passionate kissing; songs with sexual lyrics; close-up of woman's rear; girls are patted on rear; a man in prison thrusts himself openly for show.
Language: GD-1; J-1; F-27; S-12; D-9; H-8; A-7; SOB-3; Slang for male genitalia-1; Slang for female genitalia-2; Slang for breasts-1
Violence: A woman's dead and bloody body is seen; a lot of killing and blood; people shot; explosions and firing of machine gun; a character is beaten by a club; several punches thrown at characters; a character cuts his own cheek and bleeds.
Drugs: Smoking; drug reference; drinking.
Nudity: Rear male nudity but not suggestive as a prisoner is hosed down; shirtless men; cleavage; bare midriffs.
Other: Disrespectful attitudes; comments about gays.


Company: Universal Pictures
Producer: Jeremy Bolt
Genre: Action
Runtime: 115 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter