in this version of silver liningwe will discuss Paul WS Anderson2008 remake, death Race,
Based on the short story by Ib Melchior racerPaul Bartel’s death Race 2000 Remembered as a revolutionary B-movie that, despite its low budget and bad cars, entertained audiences with fun and scholarly satire. Starring David Carradine and featuring an early appearance by the legendary Sylvester Stallone, the 1975 film follows the masked “Frankenstein” as he engages in a transcontinental road race aimed at the entertainment of a dystopian society through vehicular violence. To do. With colorful characters and cutting edge social commentary, the film became one of the most influential genre films of its time, inspiring comic-books, videogames, and even other films for many years to come. .
So it’s surprising that it took the studio so long to revisit the franchise, although it wasn’t for lack of trying. After decades of false starts and aborted reboots, with variations of the project even featuring Tom Cruise as both producer and leading man, Paul W.S. Anderson eventually formed the franchise with the help of the original producer. Managed to flag off their proposed resale. Roger Corman,
Although Anderson A. Spent nearly 13 years presenting his vision of death Race remake, their original project was to be revised once the studio determined that a future sequel (originally titled Death Race 3000) was not “budget friendly” at all. Leaving the high-tech hover-cars and weird sci-fi gadgets aside, the filmmakers eventually settled on a gritty prequel/remake given the plight of Jensen Ames (Jason Statham), a framed prisoner trying to win back his freedom by playing the iconic Frankenstein and participating in the pay-per-view event “Death Race”, a brutal competition that takes place on a futuristic prison island.
With a passionate director and a decidedly thrilling premise, it stands to reason that movie audiences were hyped for this updated take on hyper-violent combat-racing. After all, the cars really worked this time around, and it looked like the audience was clamoring for a more convincing depiction of the vehicular carnage.
so what’s wrong?
grossed over $76 million at the box office on an estimated $65 million budget, death Race Did not impress the producers at all with its financial performance. Critical reception was not very positive either, with the picture currently sitting at a 42% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics blasting the unnaturally gloomy script along with its boring characters and messy editing.
Many complaints were directed at the film’s general lack of creativity and style, with exaggerated racers such as the original’s Nero the Hero and Matilda the Hun becoming run-of-the-mill bad guys with boring cars, which were referred to as shaky-cams. It is difficult to isolate during action sequences. The film’s failed attempts at social criticism also came under fire, as many of Bartel’s jabs at American culture were in favor of more direct commentary on privatized prisons and reality TV.
The Terminal Island peninsula setting was also a problem, as the single location meant that the film lost the compelling road trip aspect of the original, making the titular race resemble a more brutal version. Mario Kart Instead of a cross-country odyssey. Additionally, the monotonous environment resulted in repetitive action sequences, cars exploded and drivers were gunned down to make these moments memorable without any personality.
Of course, the biggest problem here is the overly serious tone of the picture, with the story lacking the dark sense of humor of the original film. While it retained some exuberant dialogue and overly brutal murders, this prequel/remake is a mostly joyless experience that trades in the grindhouse charm of the original for big-budget spectacle.
the original Death Race 2000 remains a scholarly classic that is as entertaining today as it was nearly half a century ago. While Bartel’s film is undoubtedly the better picture, I’d argue that Anderson’s 2008 reimagining also has a lot going for it if you accept that it’s a fundamentally different but equally valid experience.
The bigger budget and increased production price may have removed some of the story’s worthless charm, but it also means that the vehicular action is more believable this time around. The film also benefited from 35 fully functioning cars and a team of over 80 mechanics to make sure they were all in working order. Sure, it would have been nice to see the wacky designs and crazy racers, but it’s hard to look away from these horrific crashes and explosions, especially during the second half of the picture.
The cast is also unexpectedly great, with heavy hitters like Ian McShane And joan allen Upvoting an admittedly bland script. While Statham makes a charming leading man, Tyrese Gibson The rival-turned-ally machine gun stands out as Joe, though it’s a shame they didn’t give him Stallone’s exaggerated manner. apart from this, David Carradine Frankenstein’s voice actually returns in the opening scene of the film, which is a treat for fans of the original.
Beyond budget and performance, I think one of death Race The most unique aspect of the remake is the cinematic reproduction of videogame logic, in which the picture successfully adapts to absurd gaming tropes such as power-ups and optional risky short-cuts. These amusing ideas aren’t exactly the uninspired scenes, but they do make the movie feel less goofy. twisted MetalWhich is always a good thing.
It’s nowhere near as memorable as the original, but I really appreciate how death Race Not a simple iteration of its predecessor, just keeping the common ground and mostly doing its job. If you can admit it, I highly recommend re-watching this gearhead spin on dystopian prison movies. when death Race The franchise will survive through a series of surprisingly funny direct-to-video follow-ups (and in the form of a full-on legacy sequel) death race 2050), I know I’ll always have a soft spot for Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson to battle an armored truck owner on the big screen.
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