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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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$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$84,494 (Brazil) (27 September 2002)
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Carroll Shelby:  his very rare Shelby American Series One is the first car Chris Klein's character is given in the movie, and its replacement is an extremely rare vintage Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. 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 »

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Alexis Petrovich: You see Yevgeny over there, so full of himself now. He used to work in the post office. I introduced him to the proper financing, and now he owns the mines. Yeah, making a fortune. Keeps the miners in line. Good business. You might wonder why I'm not in it myself. I don't need to own the mines, Jonathan. Do you know why? Because I own the man who owns the mines. All he has, I have. Same with the supermarkets, the TV station, locomotive plant. I don't need a political position, because I own the...
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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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