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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jonathan Cross
... Alexis Petrovich
... Marcus Ridley
... Aurora (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
... Sanjay
... Denekin
... Serokin
... Coach Olga
... Halloran
... Katya
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
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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, Johnathan 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 Johnathan survives. In the end during a game of Rollberball, Petrovich attempts a public execution of Johnathan, but the question is will Johnathan get revenge. Written by Clifton Baird

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Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

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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 USA:

$9,013,548, 10 February 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,990,798, 23 May 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,852,764, 31 December 2002
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Rollerball is referred to as "sports entertainment" - the current euphemism for professional wrestling. See more »

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At the beginning of the first Rollerball match after Aurora mocks Jonathan, There is a cable attached to her motorcycle that is visible when she does a 180 burn out. See more »

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Chinese Sports Announcer: It's simple, about as simple as using a name-brand condom!
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Taking a Chance
Written by Jim Greene
Performed by The Delegates
Courtesy of Jim Greene and The Delegates
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Plain dreadful film.
28 February 2005 | by See 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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