Rollerball (2002 film)

Rollerball (2002 film)

Infobox Film | name = Rollerball



caption = "Rollerball" promotional poster
director = John McTiernan
producer = John McTiernan
Charles Roven
Beau St. Clair
writer = Larry Ferguson
John Pogue
starring = Chris Klein
Jean Reno
LL Cool J
Rebecca Romijn
Naveen Andrews
music = Julianne Jordan
Laura Z. Wasserman
Alecia Moore
cinematography =
editing =
distributor = United States
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
International
Sony Pictures
released = February 8, 2002 (USA)
runtime = 98 min.
language = English
budget = $70,000,000
imdb_id = 0246894

"Rollerball" is a 2002 remake of the 1975 science fiction film of the same name. This updated 'remake' of the film was directed by John McTiernan and has a much greater concentration on action and more muted social and political overtones. Unlike the first film, it takes place in the present rather than a seemingly dystopian future.

It features cameo appearances by P!nk, Paul Heyman, Shane McMahon and Slipknot.

Upon its release, the film met with harsh critical disdain and poor box-office returns (less than $26M revenue world-wide on a film that cost $70M). As a guest on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", LL Cool J admitted that the film "sucked." Originally rated "PG-13" by the MPAA when released in theaters, it was rerated R when released on VHS and DVD due to MGM reinserting footage that was edited out to get the "PG-13" certification.

Cast

*Chris Klein - Jonathan Cross
*LL Cool J - Marcus Ridley
*Rebecca Romijn - Aurora
*Oleg Taktarov - Oleg Denekin
*Jean Reno - Alexi Petrovich
*Naveen Andrews - Sanjay
*Paul Heyman - Sports Announcer
*Mike Dopud - Michael 'The Assassin

Plot

It's the year 2005; the new sport of Rollerball is hugely popular in the ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia, Russia, China, Mongolia, and Turkey. Marcus Ridley (LL Cool J) invites NHL-hopeful Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) to join him playing for the Zhambel Horsemen, in Kazakhstan. The highly paid Marcus and Jonathan are teamed with low-paid locals, who are routinely severely injured in the game, which is an extraordinarily violent extension of roller derby involving motorcycles, a metal ball, and many trappings of the World Wrestling Federation. Soon the team's star and the darling of promoter Alexi Petrovich (Jean Reno), Jonathan, is thrilled by the high-octane sport, the hype, the sports cars, and female team mate Aurora (a glowering, scar-faced Rebecca Romijn-Stamos). But gradually Jonathan discovers that the cynical Alexi and his opportunistic assistant Sanjay (Naveen Andrews) will go to any lengths to manipulate the game in order to provide an evermore gory spectacle and improve the game's television ratings.

oundtrack

The score was released, but the soundtrack was not.

# "Boom" – P.O.D.
# "Told You So" – Drowning Pool
# "Ride" – Beautiful Creatures
# "Millionaire" – Rappagariya
# "I Am Hated" – Slipknot
# "Body Go" – Hardknox
# "Feel So Numb" – Rob Zombie
# "Keep Away" – Godsmack
# "Insane in the Brain" - Sen Dog
# "Flashpoint" - Fear Factory
# "When I Come Around" - Green Day
# "Crawling in the Dark" - Hoobastank
# "Time To Play" - Pillar
# "Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" - Rob Zombie

Reception

The film was almost universally panned, with review collation website Rotten Tomatoes scoring it at 4%. Time Out's Trevor Johnson described it as "a checklist shaped by a 15-year-old mallrat: thrashing metal track, skateboards, motorbikes, cracked heads and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos with her top off", while Chicago Sun-Times reviewer Roger Ebert called it "an incoherent mess, a jumble of footage in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and sense".

External links

*imdb title|id=0246894|title=Rollerball
*rotten-tomatoes|id=rollerball|title=Rollerball
*mojo title|id=rollerball|title=Rollerball
* [http://moonbooks.net/scifi/rollerball-murder/ Science Fiction Radio Theater - Rollerball Murder] Rollerball Murder Audio Drama


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