Rollerball

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn
Directed By: John McTiernan
Rated: Rated PG-13 for violence,language and some drug references

Final Grade:

The world’s most dangerous game just got more dangerous. The name of the Game is Rollerball. A high speed game where danger isn’t taken lightly. Three players Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein), Aurora (Rebecca Romajn Stamos) and Marcus Ridley (LL Cool J) have to learn to work together to survive the game and get out of it alive. The movie might possibly sound entertaining, especially when you know that it is based off of a previous movie starring James Caan. However, I am Sad to say, if you are expecting a good movie, you are going to be disappointed. If you didn’t already know this movie existed in what they call movie hell for over a year. Originally rated R for excessive violence, language and nudity it was cut down to a PG-13 audience. So in other words, if it had any redeeming qualities it was edited out. However after seeing the movie, I can clearly see why they made it into a PG-13 movie. Chris Klein might be the most worthless excuse for an actor that I have ever seen in my life. The only crowd he could attract are people in love with his no talent, pretty boy face and boyish like charm, and those who want to see him get beaten to a pulp and possibly run over by a motorcycle. The acting was bad; however, I must credit Jean Reno for a wonderful job playing the role he did. If there was one saving role in the movie it would have been his, but even Reno couldn’t pull this out of the trash bin it belongs in. I also found Former WWF announcer Paul Heyman’s character and the brief appearance of Shane McMahon kind of entertaining, but it is only something a wrestling fan would find as a plus. In fact, here is a perfect example of how bad the acting and just the movie in general was; I spent most of the night trying to figure out how Chris Klein could get knocked over so many times, never have his helmet fastened to his head and still never manage to lose it. Believe me when you stoop that low for entertainment, you know it’s got to be bad. Even Rebecca Romajn Stamos nudity scenes, which were blocked out by lots of shadowing, were so trashy like that they didn’t even seem to score brownie points for the movie. Once again if Breasts don’t make a movie better, than there must be something wrong. Secondly you can tear the movie apart for its lighting; you spend at least 15 minutes of the movie in night vision view. As if the movie wasn’t bad enough, some cinematographer decided that the best way to make it worse was to make you stare at Chris Klein and LL Cool J in a green hue for 15 minutes. Overall this might go down as one of the worst movies I have seen in a while. This movie poster will soon be hanging on my poster wall of shame with the likes of Battlefield Earth, Lucky Numbers, Get Carter and All the Pretty Horses, however somewhere in the back of my mind, I will always wonder if those deserve to be on the same wall as a movie of such low caliber trash as Rollerball.

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