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Rollerball (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport | 8 February 2002 (USA)
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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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John McTiernan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Klein ... Jonathan Cross
Jean Reno ... Alexis Petrovich
LL Cool J ... Marcus Ridley
Rebecca Romijn ... Aurora (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
Naveen Andrews ... Sanjay
Oleg Taktarov ... Denekin
David Hemblen ... Serokin
Janet Wright ... Coach Olga
Andrew Bryniarski ... Halloran
Kata Dobó ... Katya
Alice Poon Alice Poon ... Red Team #7
Lucia Rijker Lucia Rijker ... Red Team #9
Melissa R. Stubbs ... Red Team #12 (as Melissa Stubbs)
Paul Wu ... Red Team #16 - U Chow
Yolanda Hughes-Heying Yolanda Hughes-Heying ... Red Team #28
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Storyline

In this fast action-packed thriller, Jonathan (Chris Klein), Marcus (LL Cool J), and Aurora (Rebecca Romijn) compete in a dangerous, fierce sport called Rollerball. Although, Jonathan and Marcus try to quit, cruel and vindictive promoter Alexi Petrovich (Jean Reno) encourages them to still participate. Petrovich sends his men to attack them while they are on a trip, but Jonathan survives. In the end during a game of Rollberball, Petrovich attempts a public execution of Jonathan, but the question is will Jonathan get revenge. Written by Clifton Baird

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Mezameyo tôsô honnô [Japan] See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, extreme sports action, sensuality, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

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USA | Germany | Japan

Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rollerball See more »

Filming Locations:

Blainville, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,013,548, 10 February 2002

Gross USA:

$18,990,798

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,852,764
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

LL Cool J admitted in a guest appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) that the film "sucked" but that it was his duty to promote the film. See more »

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Marcus is not visible on the bed when Jonathan and Aurora are talking. The next shot he is there. 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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Alternate Versions

US theatrical version was edited (splashes of blood, language and a full frontal nudity scene by Rebecca Romijn) for a more commercial PG-13 rating. The DVD/VHS release features the uncut version and is rated R. See more »

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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: xXx (2012) See more »

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I've Been Working on the Railroad
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Plain dreadful film.
28 February 2005 | by danglar_moscovitz-1See all my reviews

I was really speechless after watching "Rollerball". I expected a dull movie, not something so dreadful. "Rollerball" has all the elements to make one of those bizarre cult classics from the 70's and 80's. Except the fun element.

The movie starts with the worst police chase in years. Believe me, any Lorenzo Lamas movie, even one featuring appearances from Dolph Lundgren, can be capable of a car chase better than this: we see Chris Klein running from police in a mix of skateboard and racing-car, in San Francisco. Then, helped by his friend LL Cool J., he goes to an Asiatic country. There, the most popular game is the Rollerball, a mix of basketball and roller-skating that seems to be deadly and a great money-maker. Rollerball is controlled by Jean Reno's character, the average "mad-business-man" stereotype. Then, we learn that Chris Klein is having an affair with his Rollerball partner, Rebbeca Romjin-Stamos.

What comes next is not worth telling. Of course, Chris, LL and Rebbeca will make a rebellion against Jean Reno. But there isn't anything new in this idea. It's wasted by a script that, once tries to make a cheap social critic, then tries to shove action sequences in the screen at all coasts, and both are really bad.

The acting is at the last level. It's incredible to see Jean Reno, an actor that is mostly great (watch "Red Rivers") making such a mess with his role. It's so stereotyped and has so less to do (despite it's importance in the plot) that you can completely forget about it. LL Cool J. is a special case: he keep going well for a while, and then completely disappears, showing that, maybe, good acting wasn't allowed in Rollerball rules.

Oh, the main couple. Chris Klein and Rebbeca Romjin-Stamos. Well, Rebbeca is incredibly sexy in this role, and it's nice to see her in topless scenes, so we can forget she's so bad here. And Klein. Let's just say Chris Klein will NEVER work in an action movie anymore. At least we hope so.

In the end, the movie is a complete mess. Is not only a waste of money, but also waste of time, celluloid and Jean Reno. That is a complete sin. It feels like director John McTiernan wanted so badly to make a stylish movie that he forgot to make a good movie.


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