From the title itself, the movie proudly proclaims: "ROGER CORMAN'S Death Race 2050". However, this movie doesn't have the characteristic attributes from this legendary producer, whom I have admired practically my whole life, since I saw his name over and over again in the horror and science fiction films I obsessively consumed when I was a kid. Sure, Corman has always worked with very limited resources, and his movies have rarely been masterpieces; but at the same time, they made an effort to reach an artistic and dramatic level which didn't insult the audience's intelligence; or, in the worst of the cases, Corman tried to avoid the cons to become obstacles for the entertainment of the audience. Unfortunately, Death Race 2050 doesn't make the slightest effort to keep that standard, and the result is a tedious experience with confusing action and a weak political message. The problem isn't the low budget of Death Race 2050, but the absolute incompetence from director G.J. Echternkamp to follow the "Corman method" to adjust the ambition of the movie and apply ingenuity to dissimulate the lack of money. On the opposite, Death Race 2050 follows the principles of the studio The Asylum ("let's do it intentionally bad"), and the result tramples the legacy of the original Death Race 2000, recycling its story without a pinch of that black humor, narrative integrity or political subversion. For the rest, the performances are quite poor (yes, even the one from Malcolm McDowell, the only famous member of the cast), the special effects are awful and the insipid violence lacks of any impact or excitement. I know that Corman is very old nowadays (he will turn 91 in April), and he probably had nothing to do with the real production of Death Race 2050 (besides of lending his name). Nevertheless, I still expected Death Race 2050 to follow his directive of achieving very much with very little; instead of that, I ended up watching a boring film which seems made by The Asylum or the TV channel SyFy.
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Death Race 2050 (2017) 1080p
The year 2050 the planet has become overpopulated, to help control population the government develops a race. The Death Race. Annually competitors race across the country scoring points for...
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The year 2050 the planet has become overpopulated, to help control population the government develops a race. The Death Race. Annually competitors race across the country scoring points for killing people with their vehicles.
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Death Race 2050Reviewed byArgemalucoVote: 5/10
I like Manu Bennett so when I saw he was in this I decided to give it a shot, and I am glad I did. I see people complaining about it being so low budget, and to them I will say duh it's Roger Corman. They obviously are not familiar with him. Low budget usually means terrible, but every once in awhile a gem is released. If you have seen the original and liked it then you will like this one. If you hated the original then you will hate this one. If you have not seen the original, but you like nonsense, campy, and over the top violence then you will like this. If you do not do not watch. I really thought it was going to be just complete crap, but to my surprise it was crap, but it was fantastic. So I give it the honor of being called Craptastic. Not many movies make my list of craptastic, but when they do they are a must see.
Way back in 1975 Roger Corman gave us the great Death Race 2000 which introduced us to race car driver Frankenstein in a dystopian future where vehicular manslaughter gets the driver points. In 1978 Corman gave us Deathsport a similar concept and once again starring John Carradine. In some countries, this released under Death Race 2050, though it wasn't a sequel.
Now in 2017 Corman is back with the real deal.
And what a deal it is. The Death Race is still running and the United Corporations of America are making the money off the back of the games. Frankenstein is still unhappy with his role as the favourite and the puppet of The Chairman; all he wants to do is race... he's a racecar driver. The Chairman, knowing Frankenstein's feelings has arranged for a replacement in a genetically perfect human, Jed Perfectus. Then there are the rebels who are tired of being controlled by the corporations and decide to fight back by attacking the race and the drivers.
What director and writer G J Echternkamp, along with fellow writer Matt Yamashita bring the audience is a wonderful satire wrapped up in a schlocky B-Movie. I particularly loved the crappy in car scenes where they go back to the 70's style of screen driving... the actors sit in a stationary car while the landscape plays behind them on green-screen.
There are some nice story elements which bring the film up-to-date. In this race, the drivers have a passenger. The passenger is the gateway for the virtual reality ridealongs. This is a nice addition as it allows for a building of characters, whereas the first movie was more race and kill based.
Malcolm McDowell is brilliant as The Chairman, camping it up whenever possible... and you have to love that hair. Though it's Manu Bennett as Frankenstein that steals the show. John Carradine was good but Bennett adds a little more depth to the character and I like his portrayal the better of the two.
If you ever wondered what the great thing about B-movies was or what a makes a good Roger Corman production then give this film a view.
If you like funny films with a story and a point of view then give this a view.
If you want a good night in with a good film... then give this a view.
And sing with Minerva Jefferson and myself... Drive, Drive, Drive,. Kill, Kill, Kill. Drive. Kill. Drive. Kill. Drive. Kill. Drive. Kill.