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Rollerball (2002)

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The big thing in 2005 is a violent sport which can have some pretty serious consequences... like dying.

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Storyline

Johnathan Cross, a lover of extreme sports, is recruited by Alexi Petrovich to star in his sportive invention, Rollerball. Johnathan accepts and learns the ropes of Rollerball: The players are on Rollerblades, trying to bring a heavy metal ball into a high goal. Also, there are motorcyclists around to bring momentum to the players. Oh yes, and there are no rules in the game. During his skyrocketing career, Johnathan has to experience what Alexi has found out: Blood brings more viewing pleasure to the audience. So, Alexi starts to bribe members of the different teams to cause more trouble than necessary on the field, and the viewers love it. Only a little later, Johnathan's life is already in extreme danger as well as those of his friends and teammates. In a final game, Johnathan and his team have to fight for mere survival against their real opponent - their boss Alexi Petrovich. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

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Rated R for violence, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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8 February 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$84,494 (Brazil) (27 September 2002)

Gross:

$84,494 (Brazil) (27 September 2002)
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Rollerball is referred to as "sports entertainment" - the current euphemism for professional wrestling. See more »

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Before the first game, the top of Marcus's Corvette is up. After the game he jumps into the car with its top down. See more »

Quotes

Alexis Petrovich: What channel did you say you gave us in your territory?
Man: 109
Alexis Petrovich: 109. I see. 1-freaking-09. They do origami on Channel 6 of your silly hairball network! You ungrateful cretin!
[pulls out his gun / his men are holding him back]
Alexis Petrovich: I will kill you myself! I will disappear your whole family! Tell your people, you want to do business with us, we are on channels 1 through 5! Got it?
[to the cameraman]
Alexis Petrovich: You got that?
[laughs]
Alexis Petrovich: Goddamn mouse.
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References Gladiator (2000) See more »

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Boom
Written by Sonny, Marcos, Traa and Wuv
Performed by P.O.D.
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Garbageball!
12 June 2004 | by (Staten Island, New york) – See all my reviews

After knocking off 26 positive reviews I felt the need to slaughter a cinematic turkey of mammoth proportions. And this it. This movie will depress anyone who loves movies. I would hate to encounter anyone who likes this piece of sewage. There is nothing of value on screen: from the horrid acting of LL Cool J to the gratuitous street luge scene. If the director had an ounce of humor he would have used The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" here. But that would be asking too much. Instead, the film makers get together and trash a classic. When this happens someone must step in and play policeman and arrest the Hollywood perpetrators involved in this criminal mischief. You have the right to remain silent. Anything--Well, forget it. I believe the director lost his mind. The night vision scenes were visual poison. Puke green. Fuzzy. Shockingly enough, an entire reel or two of this utterly useless footage of a chase of some kind made it into the movie. I have this feeling the film was unintentionally overexposed. The Rollerball game cannot be followed by anybody sober. Loud. Noisy. What are the rules? There is not a scintilla of drama anywhere in this motion picture. Take this stinker out to the curb before it contaminates the rest of your dvd collection or damages your player. Wretched. Shame on all who were involved. And a pox on their homes, too.


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