Surprised nobody has written a review for Death Race by now. Or maybe somebody did and I missed it but there's definitely not one on page one of EBG.
My wife and I went to see Death Race this weekend (at her suggestion by the way) and I was delivered exactly what I was expecting which is a movie not too long on plot but heavy on vehicular carnage. Needless to say I was satisfied.
So too was the wife especially given her attraction to muscular bald men like Jason Statham and which I am probably the exact opposite of since I have long hair and a belly.
Oh well, at least she still loves me.
Moments before leaving the house to go see this movie I received a call from a friend asking if I had any plans for that day. I told him I was going to see Death Race and he said he'd seen it the night before and that he had liked it. I said as long as it looked like something out of Car Wars and didn't ask me to swallow too large a bullshit pill that I'd probably be happy with it too.
I was shocked when my friend asked what Car Wars was so I told him all about the old Steve Jackson pocket games back in the day and detailed the premise of Car Wars for him. He said it sounded cool so I told him to come over after the movie and I would break out the game and teach him how to play.
During the race/battle scenes in the movie I kept thinking how very much like Car Wars this was and couldn't wait to get back home to dig out the old game. Once the movie was over I dug out all my old Car Wars stuff, the original boxed game, Sunday Drivers, Truck Stop, four expansion packs, game screen, and multiple issues of Autoduel Quarterly. I was pissed that I couldn't find my Uncle Alberts catalog since it had some great weapons additions in it.
Once my friend arrived I ran him through the basic rules and how to design a few different cars and then we played through a couple of highway chases and then a couple of duels in an arena that I had created over twenty years ago and was still in good shape today.
Man, it was great to go from the Death Race movie almost directly to playing Car Wars for the first time in over twenty years.
Needless to say, I'll probably be picking up Death Race on DVD. I might even try to dig up a copy of the original Death Race 2000 and have a double feature night some day.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"