Monday, November 12, 2012
Directed by John McTiernan
Starring Chris Klein, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Jean Reno, Olek Taktarov, Naveen Andrews, Andrew Bryniarski
Keeping in mind which filmmakers are tuned to your own preferences is usually a pretty safe way to know which flicks will deliver, but now this policy failed big time. McTiernan is usually a brilliant director with undying classics like Predator, Die Hard and The Hunt For Red October under his belt which makes the complete failure of Rollerball a distinct mystery. The original Rollerball (1975) had a strong social commentary and the remake is stripped of such things in favor of badly executed action sequences. The cast includes fine actors like Reno and Andrews but are all wasted amidst a horrible script and really, really bad direction by McTiernan. Klein is a charmless hero and the usually perky Cool J just seems pissed for singing on to this planecrash of a film. Rightfully so. John, what the fuck happened??
Rollerball 2002 at IMDb
Rollerball 1975 at IMDb