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Rollerball

  • Drama
  • 2001
  • John McTiernan
  • 94 mins
  • 15

Summary

Futuristic drama starring Chris Klein and Jean Reno. Daredevil athlete Jonathan Cross is persuaded by an old friend to join him in playing rollerball, a violent team sport that is gaining popularity through its cable-TV coverage. Cross soon makes his mark on the game, but also learns that the man running the sport is prepared to do anything in his pursuit of ratings.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jonathan CrossChris Klein
PetrovichJean Reno
Marcus RidleyL L Cool J
AuroraRebecca Romijn-Stamos
SanjayNaveen Andrews
DenekinOleg Taktarov
SerokinDavid Hemblen
English sports announcerPaul Heyman
Coach OlgaJanet Wright

Crew

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DirectorJohn McTiernan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2002-06-28
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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