Death Race is stupid fun. Director Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil) and star Jason Statham (The Transporter, Crank, War) were already my go-to people for stupid fun movies so having them do something together is really just an all around time saver.
The premise is explained with a few lines of text that intro the movie: the year is 2012, stuff is bad, people yearn for new blood sports, thus convicts complete for their freedom in the Death Race. Everything after that is cars racing/shooting/exploding. Because the Death Race is the most popular televised sport of the near-future there are many elements of the sport that are simply explained as a tool for boosting ratings, which works as a great excuse for putting crazy stuff in your movie without worrying about whether it makes sense. A great addition for my overall Death Race experience was the inclusion of the trailer for the next Fast and the Furious movie beforehand (4 Fast 4 Furious?) If you are looking for explosions and cars with machine guns this is a fun movie, though it would likely not fare well on Jason’s “Would this be better as video game” test.