Brian M. Raftery
June 21, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rollerball

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
98 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/08/02
performer
Chris Klein, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn, Pink, Jean Reno
director
John McTiernan
distributor
MGM
author
John Pogue, David C. Wilson
genre
ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an D

If MGM hadn’t dropped the ‘ball and released this inexplicable remake in early 2001 as intended, it could have beaten out Glitter for the distinction of being the first great-bad movie of the millennium. Klein and LL are the stars of a quasi-futuristic sport that looks like an S&M version of cricket — on roller skates, no less. When they discover that their Russian boss (Jean Reno, doing his best Boris Badenov accent) is a murderous player-hater, they make a break for it — culminating in a desert chase scene that, for no particular reason, was shot entirely in night-vision. With head-rubbingly bad dialogue and indecipherable action scenes, ”Rollerball” is hell on wheels.

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