krafey: (Damn)
Death race follows the plot of a Senecan Tragedy. A bloodthirsty revenge story filled with anger and characters that need to avenge family heartache.

It also depicts a disturbing vision of the not-so-distant future as we may one day see it. With the direction the media is heading in, we may all one day be online watching prisoners that people view as dispensable, kill each other like the Romans in the Colliseum before them. Thus, the writers have created a piece of social commentary like no other about the direction the human race is being subjected to (framing husbands for their wives murders in order to have the husbands participate in a race to the death).

Shaughn made the point that this is Handmaid's Tale. With cars and not babies. Indeed, the parallels to this film and Atwood's classic dystopian novel are uncanny, right down to the Joan Allen as the Commander's Wife figure, using her powerful position to manipulate all the prisoners to her will. Selfless acts of kindness and all.


You're welcome Nuance.

March 2012

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