I saw Death Race a week ago or so. And make no mistake, it is a bad movie. It is full of stereotypes, plot holes, and absurdity. But, really, what do you expect from Death Race? You turn off your brain and watch the pretty pictures. It has been a number of years since I've seen Death Race 2000, but I'd have to say the original is probably the better movie. It was social commentary, dripping with cheese though it was. The new movie, eh, not so much. And about all the two films have in common is that there is racing and people die. The 'plots' have nothing to do with each other beyond that. And the new movie's race looks like a video game - there are power-ups on the track! It was just ludicrous. But I went in expecting a brain dead popcorn movie full of bombast and stupidity, and it delivered. I don't think I'll ever want to see it again, but it scratched the itch nicely.
Tonight I finally made it to see Tropic Thunder, and it was a blast. It is really had to explain just why it is funny, because it is really absurdist, but it hand me laughing again and again. Robert Downey Jr.'s character is kind of offensive, but he's supposed to be, and that's part of the humor. The whole movie is really a meta-movie poking vicious fun at Hollywood. And I kind of hate this movie for making me like Tom Cruise in his role. I almost saw Traitor instead of this, and I'm glad I saw this. I may still go see Traitor at some point, but I needed the laughs. And I was greatly amused that TiVo is a major plot element in Tropic Thunder. You'd think they paid for that kind of product placement, but they didn't.
Bangkok Dangerous opens this week, that looks like fun.