Rollerball (2002 film)
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|Directed by||John McTiernan|
|Produced by||John McTiernan |
Beau St. Clair
|Screenplay by||Larry Ferguson |
|Based on||short story Roller Ball Murder |
by William Harrison
1975 screenplay Rollerball
by William Harrison
|Starring||Chris Klein |
LL Cool J
|Music by||Éric Serra|
|Editing by||Robert K. Lambert |
|Studio||Mosaic Media Group |
Helkon Media KG
|Release date(s)|| |
|Running time||98 minutes|
Rollerball is a 2002 remake of the 1975 science-fiction film of the same name. This updated version stars Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn, and Naveen Andrews. It was directed by John McTiernan and has a much greater concentration on action with more muted social and political overtones. Unlike the first film, it takes place in the present rather than a seemingly dystopian future.
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 often severely injured in the game, which is an extraordinarily violent extension of roller derby involving motorcycles, a metal ball, and many trappings of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
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 (Rebecca Romijn). But gradually Jonathan discovers that the cynical Alexi and his opportunistic rat Sanjay (Naveen Andrews) will go to any lengths to manipulate the game in order to provide an ever more gory spectacle and improve the game's popularity.
- Chris Klein as Jonathan Cross
- Jean Reno as Alexi Petrovich
- LL Cool J as Marcus Ridley
- Rebecca Romijn as Aurora "the Black Widow"
- Naveen Andrews as Sanjay
- Mike Dopud as Michael "the Assassin"
- Kata Dobó as Katya Dobolakova
- Lucia Rijker as Lucia Ryjker
- Oleg Taktarov as Oleg Denekin
- Paul Heyman as Sports Announcer
- Janet Wright as Coach Olga
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
Rollerball was heavily panned by critics. 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 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".
The film's lead, Chris Klein, was also a subject of criticism, being referred to as a bland hero.
Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 28th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 3%.
- "Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=rollerball.htm. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
- "Video DeathRay". Videodeathray.podbean.com. http://videodeathray.podbean.com/2011/02/26/video-deathray-ep-31-rollerball-guest-kevin-maher/. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
- Rollerball at the Internet Movie Database
- Rollerball at AllRovi
- Rollerball at Rotten Tomatoes
- Rollerball at Box Office Mojo
- Review of Rollerball (2002) on the Video DeathRay podcast
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