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

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8 February 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$84,494 (Brazil) (27 September 2002)
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Keanu Reeves was originally intended to play Jonathan Cross. See more »

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When Jonathan climbs into the Porsche in the beginning, the front wheel of the camera car becomes visible when the Porsche turns down an alleyway. 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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Wow... no really... wow...
12 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Never in my life have I seen something held together by cameo appearances... I mean, this has to be the most commercialized, corporate movie I have ever seen.

From the god awful Slipknot's appearance to the Ben Affleck of the next generation Chris Klein, the only uplifting experience was Jean Reno, because he is the coolest actor since Samuel L. Jackson.

And seriously, for a movie made just four years before its set-time, it went way overboard.

Oh and a fun fact: ECW and WWE's Paul Heyman is that annoying commentator you see from scene 1... and generally in each and every scene afterwards.

From wrestling (Heyman), fake metal (Slipknot) to horrible acting (Klein) and a poor storyline that can truly only be outdone by Gigli, I find myself wanting to rip out my left kidney if not for the fact I already did so watching Gigli.


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