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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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ball | blood | song | skating | year 2005 | See All (69) »

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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:

$260,728 (Spain) (25 January 2002)

Gross:

$18,990,542 (USA) (17 May 2002)
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John McTiernan recycled the players, disguising their faces with elaborate costumes and helmets for each away game. With each new game they improved and worked better as teams. See more »

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

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English Sports Announcer: ROLLERBALL!
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Featured in 20 to 1: Greatest Sports Movies of All Time (2010) See more »

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Written by DJ Ashba and Joe Lesté (as Joe Leste)
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A Wimp Of A Movie
6 January 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The original ROLLERBALL was by no means a classic SF movie but at least the audience knew they were watching a dark futuristic thriller . This completely lame remake misfires on every level . Since it's set a couple of years in the future there's no chance it can be called futuristic . It might be described as " Dark " but that's because no one seems to have paid the electricity bill during production . But the main failing in this version is the game of Rollerball itself . In the original the game would see matches where several team members would either die or be maimed for life but in this present day version it doesn't seem anymore dangerous than American football or Rugby or any other type of contact sport . hell even bimbos are allowed to take part . in other words this is a game for wimps in comparison and this ruins the movie far more than the oft quoted aspects like the poor acting , camp sound effects and the night vision sequence


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