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31 08 2008

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia yang ke 51!.

Semalam selepas kursus pertolongan cemas kat sekolah, aku ke Perangin Mall sebab dah janji dengan Juey, Aan dan Mapong nak tengok wayang. Dwang dah beli tiket awal-awal, tapi movie apa aku tak tahu masa tu. Ingatkan Death Race, rupanya Babylon AD.

I was thrilled because Michelle Yeoh was in it. Aku tak nak lah citer pasal sinopsis sebab aku pun tak faham kenapa dan mengapa Michelle Yeoh buang masa berlakon dalam filem yang tergantung ni! However, the journey itself is great, from Russia to Mongolia (teringat Altantuya). Lots going on, lots of action… Vin Diesel slides effortlessly back into the role he’s meant to play [in my opinion] – the anti-hero. But the ‘why’ behind the story itself is sketchy at best.

This movie goes from an interesting vision of the future wrapped around the characters and their plight to true sci-fi – and for my tastes, not it a good way. I would have liked to have known what year it was, too. They make a reference to ‘back in 2017′, but it was never clear how far in the future this was supposedly taking place. Mapong speku it was 2020. Aku rasa 3020. I’m sure they were following the book, but if it were up to me, I’d have simplified some of it and gotten rid of some of the fluff at the end to give this movie a more tight resolution.

Add’l Info: Release Date: Aug 29, 2008 • Runtime: 90 minutes • Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality • Photo credit: ©Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation via movieweb.com.

After a while, we decided to go to grab our late lunch cum dinner at one seafood place near Queensbay and yet another impromptu decision by yours trulyft. We went to catch Death race right after. I was loathed with foods.

The plot – Jason Statham takes the role of Jensen Ames in the remake of the Roger Classman classic “Death Race”. Overcrowding in the U.S. penal system has reached a breaking point and prisons have been turned over to monolithic Weyland Corporation, which sees prisoners as an opportunity for a televised sport called “Death Race”, the world’s biggest and most brutal sporting event. Five-time NASCAR champion Jensen Ames is a man who has become an expert at survival. When Weyland demands a driver to headline the big game, Ames is forced to submit. Donning the costume of mythical rider Frankenstein, the racer becomes an instant crowd favorite. Hidden by a metallic black mask, one convict will be put through a brutal three day challenge, with the trophy being the ultimate prize: freedom. Ames’ expertise will now be put to the test. It’s either to kill or be killed.

Oh. To answer that question – it wasn’t that bad after all. Although it had almost the same type of plot as The Condemned, it proved to me that this movie is so action-packed and thrilling that it takes you on a ride so fast that you couldn’t stop for a moment of urgency at the loo. All the way from the start till the end, you just gotta find that seatbelt but you can’t. Obviously.

Then again, I wasn’t really expecting much, with a very very skeptical mindset for the show. Wasn’t prepared for total madness indeed. Gory, violent and thrilling parts might appeal to the those who like things like “Freddy vs Jason”. It has a rather extraordinary videography, with scenes that will make up the kind of dark yet dirty type of show. Kinda like a mix between “300″ and “Sin City”, with only a few colours chosen to make up the movie. Well, it didn’t let me down.

The relatively strong cast proved to be another decisive factor for the success of this show. Jason Statham, a regular action-movie figure, fits so perfectly in the bill, whereas people like Tyrese Gibson didn’t fail to impress. Ian McShane and Joan Allen did equally well for their role.

In all, an action packed movie so dark yet so furious. Didn’t realise that my MYR10 was rather worth it. Catch it if you can.(“,)

Ted Baker

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3 responses

31 08 2008
conan_skywalker

death race best wooo !! nak2 lagi bila aku menatap wajah Case itu.
wakaka.. wey, mana link blog aku kat blog hang?

31 08 2008
Arep

Kau memang kentang. X muntah ke tgk muvi2 tu? I tgu boarding. Kejap je dtg bki. X buat apa2. Shopping sajok

31 08 2008
Faisal Admar

hmm… ingat nak beli dvd jek lah kat bt feringghi 😛

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