Death Race 2000 was colorful, gory, campy and fun, but it was nowhere as badass as Death Race is; both a remake and a prequel according to multitalented creator Paul W.S. Anderson. One of the biggest differences, here, is that the characters are plausible. They're real. So, this is what Death Rally 2000 would’ve been had it taken itself seriously... and it is awesome!
Many of the plot holes left behind by the first film have been patched. The script is polished. The different sections flow beautifully. The pacing is maximal; dialogue is minimal. If you love practical car stunts, then look no further. This time around, the race cars have mounted machine guns and other gadgets attached to them. This movie looks and feels like an adapted video game.
The production is not bulletproof. It could be more human. The characters could be more polarized. The contestants are just a bunch of brutes who all look the same. Even Jason Statham is pale. As opposed to the original film, though, this one clearly defines who the good and bad guys are. Statham is pretty much the only sympathetic figure, here. The man turns a strong film into an excellent one.