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Review by Steve Rhodes
½ star out of 4
ROLLERBALL, a DRIVEN for the skateboard and rollerblade set, is loud, silly,
stupid and pointless. Fast editing, dark lighting and close-up shooting is
used in an attempt to cover up the lack of a story. The sport, rollerball,
a human pinball game, manages to make even less sense than the movie itself,
which is no small feat. A remake of an already ridiculous picture, it
shouldn't have been made in the first place. Reportedly pulled and recut
after disastrous test screenings last summer, it's hard to see how the movie
could be any worse than the mean-spirited and ugly version that was just
released. If I my son hadn't wanted to see it all, there is no doubt that I
would have walked out.
Director John McTiernan made a terrible casting choice for the lead,
choosing baby-faced innocent Chris Klein to play Jonathan Cross. Klein can
be effective in the right role, his sweet performance in ELECTION being his
best. But, as an action hero, he is miles out of his league. Suffice it to
say that he's no James Caan, who played Klein's part in the original. Let's
hope that McTiernan doesn't next try to remake THE TERMINATOR with Kevin
Spacey taking over from Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It's hard to find anything to admire in this piece of garbage, but I must
admit I did smile a few times at Jean Reno's hammy performance as the
sport's entrepreneur looking for his Holy Grail, "a North American cable
deal." As he sits high up in the owner's box, he screams lines like,
"Vodka! Vodka!" The studio should find it cheap to distribute the film
abroad since subtitling would be a waste of money. All of the dialog is
ROLLERBALL runs 1:38 but feels like four hours. It is rated PG-13 for
"violence, extreme sports action, sensuality, language and some drug
references" and would be acceptable for kids around 12 and up.
My son Jeffrey, age 12, gave it just one star. Although he liked the
rollerball action, he complained that the plot was dull and stupid. He
especially hated the ending, which he thought made no sense.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes
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