Thursday, April 30, 2009

Death Race 2000 (1975)

3.5 / 5
Tagline: In The Year 2000 Hit and Run Driving Is No Longer a Felony. It's The National Sport!
Directed By: Paul Bartel
Written By: Ib Melchior, Robert Thom, Charles B. Griffith
Actors Include: David Carradine, Sylvester Stalone, Mary Woronov
Genre: Cult, Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi
Length: 84 minutes
Banned: nope
Country: USA

The words "Roger Corman" caught my attention on the front cover when I found this one still in the plastic for four dollars at the pawn shop. Of course I snatched it up, but I'm not really one for racing style films....could I like this one? Yes, I actually had a great deal of fun with this because it is overly campy and the story line is hilarious. Any acting chops Stallone may have are certainly not visible here, but that's okay because the bad acting suits this film perfectly. The plot is well in the year 2000 (can you imagine?) folks run down others for the sake of sport. They have snazzy cars, nicknames and they are the loved by enthusiasts all over, but is it ethical? What's great is that different people have a different point value assigned and that it is treated as a serious sport. It's actually really funny and entertaining even if it's beyond ridiculous and silly. The camp value and the points system are reasons enough to watch, even if it's more of an action film than anything.

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