Jason Statham stars in this futuristic thriller as Jensen Ames, an ex-con turned speedway champion who’s framed for a grisly murder and forced to compete in a grueling three-day televised car race against his fellow inmates. Sitting behind the wheel of a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, Ames is in the race of his life — and the whole world is watching.
Anderson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Educated at Newlands Preparatory School, Gosforth and later at Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School, Anderson went on to graduate from the University of Warwick as the youngest student to achieve a BA in Film & Literature. He made his debut as the writer-director of Shopping, which starred Sean Pertwee, Jude Law and Sadie Frost as thieves who smashed cars into storefronts. When released in the United Kingdom it was banned in some cinemas, and only gained a release in the United States as an edited, direct to video release.
After this, he directed the successful 1995 video game adaptation Mortal Kombat. While prior video game movies, like Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros., had been all-out disasters, Mortal Kombat was well received by fans, and some critics. He declined to direct the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, which was not well received by critics or fans. Anderson was asked to direct a third movie, Mortal Kombat… read more
A stylistic diversion for Paul W.S. Anderson, as the oft-reviled director attempts to update Roger Corman's cult classic for a generation raised on "Battle Royale" and "Twisted Metal." It lacks the cartoony fun and sharp satire of the original, but there's enough vehicular destruction to keep one entertained. The only thing holding it back is the bland, ash-gray color palette and a curious homophobic streak.
1776: GEORGE WASHINGTON DEFEATS BRITAIN AND SECURES INDEPENDENCE FOR GOD'S COUNTRY 2008: OBAMA IS ELECTED 2012: ECONOMY COLLAPSES. MITT ROMNEY ELECTED PRESIDENT. AUTHROIZES DEATH RACE. JASON STATHAM REPRISES HIS ROLE AS THE TRANSPORTER BUT THIS TIME THE STAKES ARE RAISED. FAST CARS, FAST WOMEN, AND THINLY VEILED RACE WARS REIGN SUPREME IN THE NEWEST EDITION TO THE CRITERION COLLECTION.