Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Movie review: Roger Corman's Death Race 2050

 The year is 2050 and due to overpopulation the government sponsors "Death Race" where competitors win points for killing people with their obnoxious vehicles. Follow along with the racers in a dystopian future that rewards murder and mayhem.

Manu Bennett (Frankenstein), Malcolm McDowell (Chairman), Marci Miller (Annie), Burt Grinstead (Perfectus), Folake Olowofoyeku (Minerva), Anessa Ramsey (Tammy), Yancy Butler (Alexis), Charlie Farrell (JB).

Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 is a tongue-in-cheek remake of the 1975 cult classic. This submission is much more focused on campy B-movie comedy than anything else, and it shows. The plot and storyline are really useless other than to support the comedy. While the film doesn't have much depth or mystery, there are a few chuckles. But only a few.

Acting was a hot mess in this one. Bennett was okay with decent delivery, as was McDowell in a smallish role. Ramsey was good, and funny, and fit her role nicely. Grinstead was hysterical in his role and managed it fairly well, as did the remainder of the cast. At the same time, acting felt rough around the edges with a lack of emotion and sincerity.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and fit the film well. Action scenes were over the top, obviously enhanced, and at times completely unrealistic feeling. Dialogue was campy, corny, and sparse on actual information. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Overall Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 is a mild comedy with rough technical work and serious lack of depth. Those who enjoy light campy comedies or dark humor may enjoy this one.

With pointless nudity, sexuality, violence, gore, and foul language, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2017
Reviewed: 6.2.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, B-movies, Action & Adventure

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