Rollerball (2001) [Blu-ray]
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It's the year 2005; the new sport of Rollerball is hugely popular in the unstable, ex-Soviet republics of South Asia. Marcus Ridley (LL Cool J) invites NHL-hopeful Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) to join him playing for the Zhambel Horsemen, in Kazahkstan. The highly paid Marcus and Jonathon are teamed with low-paid locals, who are routinely 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. 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 (a glowering, scar-faced Rebecca Romijm-Stamos). But gradually Jonathan discovers that the cynical Alexi and his opportunistic assistant Sanjay (Naveen Andrews) will go to any lengths to manipulate the game in order to provide an evermore gory spectacle and improve the game's television ratings. Director John McTiernan's movie is grungy and even more violent than the original 1975 ROLLERBALL. He conveys the visceral nature of the game with sharply edited action sequences and a goosed-up soundtrack, and then he shows the volatile game convulsively spinning out of control and causing social upheaval.
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This is a very specific kind of movie, It's the kind of movie you go into knowing what to expect, and what you should expect is a fun opening action scene. From there the pace starts to pick up with the introduction of the sport, the team, and the politics of the sport. It quickly becomes a blood sport and within the first 20 minutes of the film we get further look into the world of Rollerball and the violence that surround it.
PROS: Simple to follow story, steady pace, and awesome 90's alt-metal soundtrack.
CONS: One-dimensional characters, predictable plot, and story left me wanting more back-story.
It's like watching an action movie, a Micheal Bay one. You sit down, eat some popcorn, and enjoy the show.
Even with the above stated flaws, I completely love this movie and I have much nostalgia for it.
I would recommend it to anyone who is even slightly interested, it's worth a watch, maybe not a re-watch.
The concept and sport are awesome and I would love to know more about the Rollerball universe.
This movie is about conformity or banishment Of course the choice you make is not necessarily yours. Good entertainment value. Just my opinion