Rollerball Reviews

  • Feb 23, 2019

    After the first game it completely came off the rails. Maybe if they would be focused on the game and not stupid things it could've been something.

    After the first game it completely came off the rails. Maybe if they would be focused on the game and not stupid things it could've been something.

  • Jan 09, 2019

    This remake was one of the worst decisions in Hollywood history, but at least they did it horribly. I notice McTiernan hasn't had much work since this stinker hit the water.

    This remake was one of the worst decisions in Hollywood history, but at least they did it horribly. I notice McTiernan hasn't had much work since this stinker hit the water.

  • Mar 13, 2018

    how can i give it less than half a star!?

    how can i give it less than half a star!?

  • Mar 12, 2018

    This movie was batshit crazy from the beginning and didn't really go anywhere by the end. From the adrenaline junkie start to the film to the ultra-violence in the Rollerball arena, this movie does not know what it is trying to say. Telling me, the viewer, to feel for the hero when he is an entitled brat who is making tons of money, driving fast, exotic cars, banging hot chicks nightly and has literally nothing to truly worry about. Even during the later sequences, trying to follow his mindset is confusing and takes away from the moments. Including the tried and abused trope of rich people using money and influence in poorer nations in order to continue to fill their coffers and kill with impunity does nothing to change the blandness of this film. The on court sequences were decently done and made the film move relatively quickly. Congrats to Paul Heyman for absolutely stealing the show and owning the line of the movie, "the other rules are in russian and confusing." Also good to see Shane McMahon making a 10 second cameo that does not go anywhere at all. unless you want to see Rebecca Romijn topless or watching mindless violence in the name of sport, this is not really a movie that needs to be watched.

    This movie was batshit crazy from the beginning and didn't really go anywhere by the end. From the adrenaline junkie start to the film to the ultra-violence in the Rollerball arena, this movie does not know what it is trying to say. Telling me, the viewer, to feel for the hero when he is an entitled brat who is making tons of money, driving fast, exotic cars, banging hot chicks nightly and has literally nothing to truly worry about. Even during the later sequences, trying to follow his mindset is confusing and takes away from the moments. Including the tried and abused trope of rich people using money and influence in poorer nations in order to continue to fill their coffers and kill with impunity does nothing to change the blandness of this film. The on court sequences were decently done and made the film move relatively quickly. Congrats to Paul Heyman for absolutely stealing the show and owning the line of the movie, "the other rules are in russian and confusing." Also good to see Shane McMahon making a 10 second cameo that does not go anywhere at all. unless you want to see Rebecca Romijn topless or watching mindless violence in the name of sport, this is not really a movie that needs to be watched.

  • Brendan N Super Reviewer
    Dec 31, 2017

    McTiernan was not the right choice to remake the original. The film is a combination of bad filmmaking and studio interference, the behind the scenes stories are more interesting than the final product. There's a 10 minute night vision action scene because the director shot it next to dark. This is quite possibly one of the worst films ever created by a gifted filmmaker. The film robs the social commentary for absent minded action scenes, the story behind the scenes had this full of grim action that might have helped it achieve a future cult status. This film had a better original script that McTiernan butchered with poor choices and created a bad film. This is a prime example of horrendous filmmaking and the incorrect director, think McG on Terminator Salvation. 01-01-2018.

    McTiernan was not the right choice to remake the original. The film is a combination of bad filmmaking and studio interference, the behind the scenes stories are more interesting than the final product. There's a 10 minute night vision action scene because the director shot it next to dark. This is quite possibly one of the worst films ever created by a gifted filmmaker. The film robs the social commentary for absent minded action scenes, the story behind the scenes had this full of grim action that might have helped it achieve a future cult status. This film had a better original script that McTiernan butchered with poor choices and created a bad film. This is a prime example of horrendous filmmaking and the incorrect director, think McG on Terminator Salvation. 01-01-2018.

  • Oct 19, 2017

    Rollerball is one of many unnecessary remakes that follows the trend of erasing the political subtext of the original and making a straight-up action movie with repetitive action sequences and a cast of college kids who can't act their way out of a paper bag.

    Rollerball is one of many unnecessary remakes that follows the trend of erasing the political subtext of the original and making a straight-up action movie with repetitive action sequences and a cast of college kids who can't act their way out of a paper bag.

  • Oct 26, 2016

    This wasn't that bad. I never saw the original though. The acting was a little rough, as to be expected.

    This wasn't that bad. I never saw the original though. The acting was a little rough, as to be expected.

  • Aug 19, 2016

    Terrible. An insult to it's brilliant predecessor Even Battlefield Earth was better than this.

    Terrible. An insult to it's brilliant predecessor Even Battlefield Earth was better than this.

  • Oct 22, 2015

    Terrible. plain terrible. Confusing story and awful casting. Lacks everything. Waste of money and time. These people should be ashamed of this bomb of a movie they created.

    Terrible. plain terrible. Confusing story and awful casting. Lacks everything. Waste of money and time. These people should be ashamed of this bomb of a movie they created.

  • Oct 13, 2015

    The only thing this remake has in common with the original is a sharp critique of an imaginary world that is meant to be a critique of our own. Other than that the story deviates sharply from the original. Whereas the original centered around the game of Rollerball itself, and staying in that game, the characters in this film are more interested in getting away from the game. In the original, Caan was morally oblivious to the fact that he was involved in sanctioned mass murder, not so the heroes of the Rollerball reincarnation. They are fully aware of the repercussions of their actions, yet their reason for involvement in the game in the first place is not soundly proved. One element extracted form the original into the remake is to make the fast paced action of the game scenes in the original the norm for the whole of the remake. The performance of the actresses and actors in the film are obscured by the swirling sequence of actions so their relative inabilities become masked and not detrimental to the film as a whole.

    The only thing this remake has in common with the original is a sharp critique of an imaginary world that is meant to be a critique of our own. Other than that the story deviates sharply from the original. Whereas the original centered around the game of Rollerball itself, and staying in that game, the characters in this film are more interested in getting away from the game. In the original, Caan was morally oblivious to the fact that he was involved in sanctioned mass murder, not so the heroes of the Rollerball reincarnation. They are fully aware of the repercussions of their actions, yet their reason for involvement in the game in the first place is not soundly proved. One element extracted form the original into the remake is to make the fast paced action of the game scenes in the original the norm for the whole of the remake. The performance of the actresses and actors in the film are obscured by the swirling sequence of actions so their relative inabilities become masked and not detrimental to the film as a whole.