Death Race

Synopsis: In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release?
Director(s): Paul W.S. Anderson
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

not so easy to come by.

What makes you

think for a second

I would risk my life

doing this for you?

Win five races,

you go free.

Those are the rules.

And Frank has won four.

Win one more,

you walk.

Call it intuition,


I don't think you

belong in here...

with the rest

of these animals.

I might surprise you.

The race is Friday, and

I need your decision.

Ten seconds from now,

I will retract this offer,

and extend it to Prisoner

who, clearly not

of your caliber,

will be quite

enthusiastic about it.

And you, unfortunately,

will need to...

spend your incarceration

in solitary.

Since now I know your

dirty little secret.

I'm sure you'll find

solitary preferable...

to what Mr. Pachenko and his

friends have in mind for you.

You're a skilled driver.

Your chances are good.

I'm offering you your

freedom, Mr. Ames.

If it's not worth risking

your life for, what is?

All right, turn her

up and tighten...

the lines. She's hemorrhaging.


You don't have to

call me 'ma'am.'

You know that.

This is Mr. Ames.

You know why he's here.

Oh, I do now.

The race is less

than a week away.

I have great

confidence in you.

Well, then, I'll leave

you two to get acquainted.

Jensen Garner Ames.

Moved to the States

at 24 years old.

Named after a car,

the Jensen Interceptor.

A three-time local

speedway champion.

You've done your homework.

Or do you just

know everything?

Jensen Interceptor.

I had one.

Handled like a school bus.

Call me Coach.

Everyone does.

Gunner. Lists.

This is Frank.

I'll show you around.

We have a fully

functioning auto shop,

just like you'd find

in the outside world.

Each team has their own shop.

We don't help them.

They don't help us.

To the inmates,

you're Jensen Ames,

the new grease monkey.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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