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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aurora (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
David Hemblen ...
Janet Wright ...
Alice Poon ...
Red Team #7
Lucia Rijker ...
Red Team #9
Red Team #12 (as Melissa Stubbs)
Red Team #16 - U Chow
Yolanda Hughes-Heying ...
Red Team #28


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 <>

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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)

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


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

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Keanu Reeves was originally intended to play Jonathan Cross. See more »


Marcus is not visible on the bed when Jonathan and Aurora are talking. The next shot he is there. See more »


Alexis Petrovich: Ridley, my man. How are you?
Marcus Ridley: I feel like Freddy Krueger.
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References The Running Man (1987) See more »


Written by DJ Ashba and Joe Lesté (as Joe Leste)
Performed by Beautiful Creatures
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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unimaginably bad
9 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

`Rollerball' is a god-awful remake of the 1975 Norman Jewison film about a fictional sport in which murdering the players becomes a primary object of the game. The original film acquired what little credibility it had by setting the story sometime in the distant future. This version is set in the present, but it tries to maintain its believability by locating the league in Southwest Asia, under the parochial assumption, I suppose, that that part of the world is every bit as alien, exotic and dehumanized as any hypothetical future society. It doesn't work. It is simply impossible for us to believe even for a split second that the owners and promoters of this sport would think they could get away with such murderous shenanigans broadcast live to millions of viewers the world over. Might not the United Nations, among other international organizations, have a thing or two to say about all this? Also, will someone please explain to me just WHAT purpose is served by having the promoters of this sport killing off their own players? Doesn't that sort of deplete their own resources for future games? I can't imagine too many people willingly signing on to engage in this sort of gladiatorial tomfoolery.

Even if we agreed to swallow the whole thing merely for the sake of the entertainment value of the film, we would be forced to admit that `Rollerball' is a chintzy, clunky, uninteresting movie in all respects. The sport itself – sort of a cross between motor cross racing, roller derby, hockey and basketball – is completely unexciting, consisting of little more than blurred figures racing madly around a cramped, claustrophobic track. Without even the context of good action sequences, `Rollerball' is forced to fall back on its dialogue and characters, which proves to be disastrous for all concerned. Chris Klein, in the role of hotshot Jonathon Cross - played by James Caan in the original - comes across as a minor league version of Keanu Reeves. LL Cool J is wasted in the part of Jonathon's American sidekick, and poor Jean Reno gets to play one of the most laughable villains we've run across in a movie in a long long long long time.

In fact, this redux turns out to be good for nothing BUT a few hearty laughs. If you are in need of such, check out `Rollerball.' It's a real hoot.

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