Film: ‘Rollerball’ (2002) – “And the other rules, well, the other rules are Russian and complicated.”

Remakes aren’t always dire, but remakes that miss the entire point of the original and bring nothing new to the table are a travesty.

The 1970s version of ‘Rollerball’ had a point, it had some interesting social-political messages and it was a decent vision of a worryingly plausible dystopian future.

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The 2002 film is aimed at young teen males at the point where nu-metal’s popularity had waned enough that Pink could be stuck on big screens a couple of times and it only seem mostly ridiculous to be in the same film as Slipknot. That and the Rob Zombie tracks that cropped up twice during the film were cr&p enough to date the film badly.

There are silly sound effects, very faux-injuries, bad acting and random female breasts. In short this film has no point, no deeper message or even any real sense of where it is going for the mere 90 minutes running time.

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