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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.
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
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.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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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.''
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
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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.''
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."
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.