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At Theaters: 2/8/2002 On Video: 6/18/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 38 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 329916
Studio: MGM Pictures
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Storyline Heading
In the not-so-distant future, and the future is fierce is a notorious renegade sport, Rollerball which packs arenas all over the world. A global viewership bets and roots for star players as they skate and motorcycle past opponents to score. Despite the danger of the game, the real threat lies in team owner Petrovich, who sacrifices anything and anyone to maximize ratings.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Action Thriller - A typical teen movie, nearly nonstop action and minimal story and character development. It should appeal mainly to young male teens. The content makes it unsuitable for younger kids. Adults will likely be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Chris Klein AMERICAN PIE 2, SAY IT ISN'T SO, HERE ON EARTH
Jean Reno JUST VISITING, RONIN, GODZILLA
LL Cool J KINGDOM COME, IN TOO DEEP, DEEP BLUE SEA
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos X-MEN
Naveen Andrews THE ENGLISH PATIENT
Director: John McTiernan THE 13TH WARRIOR, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 7 GD's, 24 S-words. Quite a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Some scantily dressed women and implied sexual activity.
VIOLENCE: LOTS of beatings. Some get a little graphic. Not much blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking in a nightclub. Nothing to excess.
ACTION: Nearly nonstop throughout the movie.
COMEDY: Almost no comedy.
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Below Average

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Roger Ebert  Full Review
Below Average "Rollerball is an incoherent mess, a jumble of footage in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and sense. There are bright colors and quick movement on the screen, which we can watch as a visual pattern that, in entertainment value, falls somewhere between a kaleidoscope and a lava lamp.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Poor "Whether viewed as an alleged anti-violence diatribe, silly sports extravaganza or needless movie remake, the new and long-delayed Rollerball is missing a few key elements: a script, a reason for being and maybe a few Britney Spears ads strategically placed throughout to break up 98 minutes of solid tedium.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "Once LL Cool J, easily the film's most magnetic presence, is out of the game, the whole thing falls apart in a hazy, confusing mess. The interminable slo-mo sequences at the end squeeze out whatever life was left like congealed toothpaste from a tube.''

Newsday  Full Review
Below Average "With this new "Rollerball," sense and sensibility have been overrun by what can only be characterized as robotic sentiment. Its own implied prophecy ends up being a little more optimistic than the original's. Unlike that 1975 ending, you don't buy it for a minute."

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 68 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
20
High
95%
13-19Teens (F)
14
Fairly Low
71%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
Fairly Low
72%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
Fairly Low
43%
30+Adults (M)
6
Fairly Low
33%
30+Adults (F)
3
Low
33%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We were only able to collect 68 opinions. This age group just isn't interested in filling out our questionnaire.

As you can see, teen males, aged 13-19, enjoyed "Rollerball" the most. Females from this age group weren't too far behind. So, if you just look at the opinions from this age group, which is the movies target audience, it did quite well and I can recommend it, especially for males.

When you go up in age to the 20-29 age group, less than half of them truly enjoyed it. For this group your chances of enjoying this movie are pretty slim.

There weren't many adult opinions, but from what there are it's pretty obvious adults, especially females, would have a low probability of enjoying "Rollerball."

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
This is an OK movie for adults, but as you might have guessed, it's more for young male teens. Nearly constant action and a minimal story is pretty much what you get. I found it to be a little boring even with all the action. It was also pretty silly in a few spots. The ending was very predictable, but it was entertaining and it was desperately needed to make the movie better.

Young male teens will likely be the main audience. Older males will probably be somewhat disappointed.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) is an all-American hotshot, the most popular player in the fastest and most extreme sport of all time: Rollerball. Along with teammates Marcus Ridley (LL Cool J) and Aurora (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Jonathan is living the high life — fame, money, incredible cars — all for giving viewers what they want: a dangerous game packed with visceral thrills, breakneck speed, and head-slamming action.

Things go wrong when Rollerball's creator, Petrovich (Jean Reno), realizes that serious on-court accidents bring higher viewer ratings. Soon Jonathan and his friends are playing for their lives. The teammates find themselves trapped in intrigue, pawns in a new game without any rules.
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