- Release date
28 Jun 2002
- Running time
Kazakhstan soon. Rollerball’s American star player realises the sport’s growing violence has been rigged to improve its cable audience. But TV tycoon Petrovich would prefer to possess the boy wiped out than allow him to from the team.
Although it does not possess the The Exorcist/E.T. clout that will rate a re-release as opposed to a remake, Norman Jewison’s glum, violent, but memorable 1975 sci-fi picture ‘Rollerball’ hardly should be further pulled lower by connection to this busy, inept and annoying retread.
Having a plot that’s been trimmed to close-incomprehensibility, and action scenes over-edited well past that time, the John McTiernan edition of ‘Rollerball‘ has the design of a movie no-one was especially pleased with.
The initial was a type of Orwellian lone-man-against-evil-corporate-future tale, with James Caan’s Jonathan E. standing up to and including whole society. This, however, is simply a goodies versus. baddies melodrama where a couple of caricatured nasties, headed by rotten Russkie Jean Reno, have the effect of the corruption of the popular spectacle, and everybody sides with Chris Klein’s boyish but uncommitted superstar as he will get from the rollerball rink to fight the owners’ box.
It is a faster film this time around round, sacrificing storytelling (as well as explanation of what is exactly happening hanging around) to help keep the experience non-stop. However, some indecision concerning the gore level implies that the supposedly ‘violent’ form of rollerball observed in the climax appears just like the ‘acceptable’ sport performed earlier.
The mixed-race, mixed-sex cast balances white-colored-bread Klein with LL Awesome J and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, however the players are uniformly stuffed into leathers and helmets to ensure that stuntmen may take the heavy slams. Additionally they get no the aid of the snarled, all-cliched script. McTiernan makes odd choices (filming one chase in grainy, eco-friendly, night-cam vision), but strangest of is following up ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ with another Jewison remake. What’s next – ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘A Soldier’s Story’, ‘The Hurricane’?
No. Rent the initial rather, or go outdoors and play a game title.