Our friends over at Universal Studios were kind enough to send over a copy of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 and I couldn’t have been more excited.
Everything I had heard was that this was a sequel to the original Death Race 2000 but it’s actually a reboot. Taking the Death Race idea and putting it in the lens of where society could be in 30 plus years from now.
We have Manu Bennett (Arrow) taking on the persona of Frankenstein and putting him in the Death Race against such foes as Jed Perfectus, Tammy The Terrorist, and even A.B.E. a computer controlled car. And of course all of this is being run by The Chairman played by Malcolm McDowell with a slightly weird looking comb over. That seems weirdly familiar.
Overall the movie is a lot of fun and it’s obvious they knew this would be the perfect political climate to release it in. Planned perfectly with the week of the Inauguration. It seems to have a lot to say about the current status of the world but tries to at least be fun while doing it. While I don’t think it will be a cultural marker like the original Death Race 2000 I think it does it’s job just fine.
I’m trying to think of how to go into the production quality and acting but at the end of the day it’s a Roger Corman film so you kind of know what you’re getting into when you put the movie on. No one is winning any Oscars but everyone can say they had a great time making the movie.
The Blu Ray release comes with 4 featurettes which is more than most films now a days in the world of streaming. You get The Making Of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050, The Look Of 2050, Cars! Cars! Cars!, Cast Car Tours, and some deleted scenes. All of the special features combined make a decent bonus for the purchase price. Only thing I would have liked to see would be an audio commentary with the director G.J. Echternkamp and Roger Corman. Maybe going over the differences in the shooting between this and the original.