RollerballFebruary 8, 2002
The big thing in 2005 is a violent sport which can have some pretty serious consequences… like dying.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 2.8/10 (15,973 voted)
Critic's Score: 14/100
Stars: Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J
Johnathan Cross, a lover of extreme sports, is recruited by Alexi Petrovich to star in his sportive invention, Rollerball. Johnathan accepts and learns the ropes of Rollerball: The players are on Rollerblades, trying to bring a heavy metal ball into a high goal. Also, there are motorcyclists around to bring momentum to the players. Oh yes, and there are no rules in the game. During his skyrocketing career, Johnathan has to experience what Alexi has found out: Blood brings more viewing pleasure to the audience. So, Alexi starts to bribe members of the different teams to cause more trouble than necessary on the field, and the viewers love it. Only a little later, Johnathan's life is already in extreme danger as well as those of his friends and teammates. In a final game, Johnathan and his team have to fight for mere survival against their real opponent – their boss Alexi Petrovich.
Writers: William Harrison, William Harrison
LL Cool J
(as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
Red Team #7
Red Team #9
Melissa R. Stubbs
Red Team #12
(as Melissa Stubbs)
Red Team #16 – U Chow
Red Team #28
Mezameyo tôsô honnô [Japan]
Release Date: 8 February 2002
Filming Locations: Blainville, Québec, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $9,013,548
(10 February 2002)
Did You Know?
LL Cool J admitted in a guest appearance on
Late Night with Conan O'Brien that the film "sucked" but that it was his duty to promote the film.
Crew or equipment visible:
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.
Ridley, my man. How are you?
I feel like Freddy Krueger.
After knocking off 26 positive reviews I felt the need to slaughter a
cinematic turkey of mammoth proportions. And this it. This movie will
depress anyone who loves movies. I would hate to encounter anyone who likes
this piece of sewage. There is nothing of value on screen: from the horrid
acting of LL Cool J to the gratuitous street luge scene. If the director had
an ounce of humor he would have used The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" here. But
that would be asking too much. Instead, the film makers get together and
trash a classic. When this happens someone must step in and play policeman
and arrest the Hollywood perpetrators involved in this criminal mischief.
You have the right to remain silent. Anything–Well, forget it. I believe
the director lost his mind. The night vision scenes were visual poison. Puke
green. Fuzzy. Shockingly enough, an entire reel or two of this utterly
useless footage of a chase of some kind made it into the movie. I have this
feeling the film was unintentionally overexposed. The Rollerball game cannot
be followed by anybody sober. Loud. Noisy. What are the rules? There is not
a scintilla of drama anywhere in this motion picture. Take this stinker out
to the curb before it contaminates the rest of your dvd collection or
damages your player. Wretched. Shame on all who were involved. And a pox on
their homes, too.