John McTiernan (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Despite its cult kudos, Norman Jewison's 1975 futuristic nightmare was never an exceptional film. However, compared to this pointless reinterpretation, it's a masterpiece. Turgid, spiritless and excitement free, this remake is like an optical lobotomy. Magnifying the original's weaknesses to excruciating levels, it compounds its brain-numbing banality with wooden performances, risible dialogue and an emotionally bankrupt plot. Chris Klein lacks charisma as the sporting hotshot who uncovers global conspiracy, while female lead Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is just an athletic clothes horse. Yet although this is a movie preoccupied with image and gloss, director John McTiernan delivers no visual thrills. Instead he settles for lacklustre set pieces that make the rollerball action sequences about as electrifying as a school sports day. Shameful mediocrity for a man who, in his prime, made Predator and two Die Hard films.


The all-American hero of a violent, high-octane sport is shocked to discover corruption is rife in the game - but his revelation only serves to land him in serious danger, as the race for profits heats up. Remake of Norman Jewison's 1975 sci-fi film, starring Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J and Rebecca Romijn, with a cameo appearance by pop singer Pink.

Cast & Crew

Jonathan Cross Chris Klein
Petrovich Jean Reno
Marcus Ridley LL Cool J
Aurora Rebecca Romijn
Sanjay Naveen Andrews
Denekin Oleg Taktarov
Serokin David Hemblen
Actor Pink
Director John McTiernan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray