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.
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.
A high-energy time-waster easily paired with some snacks at midnight. Vehicular manslaughter aplenty, this cornball remake is chinched to the gills with blood, sweat, napalm, and bouncing cleavage. Not a bad way to turn off for two hours - keeps your interest, which is something special when it comes to the work of exceptionally disappointing director Anderson. Two stars for Martinez and Carmageddon flashbacks.