The first, and hopefully only, Death Race trailer has been released. Why do I hope it’s the only one? Because this one gives away so much of the plot that there’s almost no reason to go watch the movie.

Death Race is a remake based on the cult classic Death Race 2000, made way back in 1975 when the year 2000 still seemed like “the future.” The original is the sort of film that I believe is OK to be remade, because it was a campy, cheesy B-movie that has nowhere to go but up. Don’t get me wrong – while very violent for the day, it was a ton of fun. It starred David Carradine as the masked “Frankenstein” and Sylvester Stallone as one of the racers.

For a while this was titled Death Race 3000, but I’m not sure why since it seems to take place in the not-too-distant future.

The original film made a statement about society’s obsessive need to be entertained at ever higher levels of intensity, culminating in a cross-country race where drivers received points for murdering civilians by running them over with their race cars. This version is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson who has brought us such gems as the first Alien vs Predator, Resident Evil and Soldier.

People haven’t been expecting much from this, however the trailer looks like it will deliver what it sets out to give: Tons of action, sexy women, tough guys and stuff blowing up all over the place. If you don’t want pretty much the entire plot given away, you might not want to watch this trailer, which contains more shots of the hero in direct profile than I think I’ve ever seen in my entire life.


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Death Race opens on August 22, 2008.