Paul W.S. Anderson's greasy, gory remake of the 1975 Roger Corman-produced, Paul Bartel-directed exploitation classic DEATH RACE 2000 won't win any awards for brains or originality, but it's better acted than one might expect. And unlike so many other recent violent action thrillers (THE CONDEMNED, UNTRACEABLE), it honestly delivers the goods without all the preachy moralizing about violent entertainment and cultural ruin.
It's 2025, the U.S. economy has collapsed and crime is out of control. The recently privatized prisons are at full capacity, but some, like Terminal Island Penitentiary, have found a way of turning a profit. Under the icily draconian Ward...