Movie Narrative: Rollerball (2002)

The captivation of moving pictures is a source of tremendous inspiration.  For this reason and many more, RB28’s Movie Narratives, continues showing its love for movies with another movie narrative.  This week, Rollerball (2002), will be converted into a narrative and subsequently highlighted.  It is implied that the blog reader reads the movie narrative, and then, he or she watches the movie.  The effort is to give the blog reader, an enhanced experience.  RB28’s Movie Narratives, ends this movie narrative of Rollerball (2002), with some Hollywood facts. 
            Rollerball (2002) is rated R.  Furthermore, it is 1 hour and 38 minutes long.  This movie is categorized under the action, science fiction and sport genre.  The official release date is February 8th, 2002.  The release date is for the Country of the United States of America.  The director was John McTiernan.  The writers were William Harrison, Larry Ferguson and John Pogue.  The officially recognized stars of Rollerball (2002); were Chris Klein, Jean Reno and LL Cool J.  The list of the 15 most important cast members is as follows:
  • Chris Klein (Jonathan Cross).
  • Jean Reno (Alexis Petrovich).
  • LL Cool J (Marcus Ridley).
  • Rebecca Romijn (Aurora).
  • Naveen Andrews (Sanjay).
  • Oleg Taktarov (Denekin).
  • David Hemblen (Serokin).
  • Janet Wright (Coach Olga).
  • Andrew Bryniarski (Halloran).
  • Kata Dobo (Katya).
  • Alice Poon (Red Team #7).
  • Lucia Rijker (Red Team #9).
  • Melissa R. Stubbs (Red Team #12).
  • Paul Wu (Red Team #16).
  • Yolanda Hughes-Heying (Red Team #28).

            The synopsis follows.  Rollerball (2002) is an action and sport adventure, from the Russian side of the world.  In the Russian side of the world, there is a new sport and league.  Coincidentally, the sport and league are both called, Rollerball.  Furthermore; an American and ex-NHL hockey player has been successfully recruited, to be part of a team that, is located in Central Asia.  The player’s name is, Jonathan Cross.  Additionally, Jonathan Cross becomes the second American player on the team.  Coincidentally, the other American on the team, is his childhood friend; Marcus Ridley.  Jonathan Cross quickly becomes the star, and, the favorite of the team’s owner.  Unfortunately, the good times quickly end.  During a match, a teammate is severely beaten.  Cross, Ridley and the other teammates suspect sabotage.  The more that they talk about this incident, the more they feel that, they cannot escape a dangerous situation.  At the same time, the other parts of Rollerball are very good and exciting.  For example, all of the players live expensive and luxurious lives.  Furthermore, they also party at nightclubs after the match.  During an away match, Aurora, is involved in a violent incident.  It results that, this latest incident is too much for Ridley and Cross.  Additionally, Ridley and Cross, begin to execute their escape plan.  The escape, is also, leaving the Russian side of the world, through, the Country of Russia.  Director, John McTiernan, does a good job.  To start, the heavy metal rock and roll music, definitely, makes this movie a cool adventure.  Second, everything about this movie is a cool adventure, for 1 hour and 38 minutes.  The writers do an equally good job.  The world of Rollerball, appears and feels complete.  Additionally, the interaction between the characters is well written.  The officially recognized stars contribute tremendously.  They would be missed, if they were not chosen.  Special recognition is merited to Rebecca Romijn.  Overall, Rollerball (2002) earns the rating of 7 out of 10.
            The movie narrative of, Rollerball (2002), is as follows.  In the City of San Francisco, California U.S.A., a man named Jonathan Cross arrives at the top of a large hill.  There are photographers present, and, they are on motorcycles.  Jonathan Cross is a contestant in an illegal race that, involves a large skateboard.  The large skateboard, requires the rider to lie down on his or her back, in order, to ride it.  There are thrilling scenes of racing through the streets, of San Francisco.  Unexpectedly, the police start to chase the riders or contestants.  Out of nowhere, a man named, Marcus Ridley, appears to rescue Cross.  Ridley pulls Cross, into his car.  It results that, they know each other since childhood.  Furthermore, Cross is an ex-NHL hockey player.  Ridley, is also, a professional athlete in a sport called, Rollerball.  The league is in, the Russian side of the world.  Ridley talks to Cross, about playing in the league.  The scene changes and it is Central Asia; the Russian side of the world.  Everyone speaks Russian, and the, Rollerball Arena is being readied for a match.  The match is accompanied by a complete television production broadcast, and, heavy metal rock and roll music.  The match is close to starting, and, Jonathan Cross; is the new star of the team.  Furthermore, the owner of the team is named Alexis Petrovich, and it appears as if, Cross is his favorite.  Ridley is one of his teammates.  Rollerball is a violent sport that, has players on roller blades and riding a motorcycle.  Everyone rides around the track.  The objective is to put an alloy ball into a small goal, in order, to score a point.  In order for the point to count, the player has to maintain possession of the ball, for two complete turns around the track.  The match starts, and, Cross quickly scores in 12 seconds.  The match continues, and, there is a lot of gambling action.  Everything appears to be Russian culture, but, the players are from different parts of the world.  The television broadcast crews constantly monitor; the amount of viewers that are watching, or, the television ratings.  During the match, one of Cross’s teammates is brutally beaten.  The match ends, and, the press is everywhere.  The team leaves to party, in expensive luxury cars.  The team’s bodyguards follow their every step.  The team parties at a nightclub.  At the nightclub, some teammates discuss possible sabotage of their equipment.  Everyone speaks Russian.  Cross attempts to talk to Petrovich, about the sabotaged equipment.  Cross decides to return to the arena.  A teammate, who is a woman named Aurora, is still in the locker room.  It results that, Cross and Aurora have a sexual relationship, in secret.  After the sex, Cross and Aurora discuss the beating of their teammate.  They leave the arena, but, they encounter a large protest on the streets.  Cross has to leave his car behind, and, it gets set on fire.  Cross and Aurora travel to a dilapidated apartment, to be able, to see a man named Sergei.  Unexpectedly, they are attacked by an unknown man at Sergei’s apartment.  Luckily, Cross and Aurora are able to escape the attack, and, the apartment.  The team departs to an away match, on an airplane.  While flying in the airplane, Cross talks to Ridley about, what happened the night before.  The team arrives at the arena, and, they start to prepare for the match.  Petrovich has a violent altercation with someone, outside of the arena.  The match becomes violent in a confusing way.  The match ends, and, Cross and Ridley talk to the press.  The team travels to Mongolia, and, everyone speaks Chinese.  The players start to feel confused about, what is happening around them.  This match becomes confusing in a violent way.  During the match, an opposing player cuts the fuel hose, on Aurora’s motorcycle.  Additionally, the player sets the gasoline on fire.  The fire travels, and it sets, Aurora’s motorcycle on fire.  Ridley pulls her off the motorcycle, and, rescues her.  Unfortunately, Ridley crashes his motorcycle, and, he is severely injured.  Ridley is in the hospital, and, Petrovich goes to see him.  At the hospital, some of the players decide to leave, the Russian side of the world.  They make their plans with Ridley.  They have readied their passports, and, money.  They make plans to escape to Russia, first.  Aurora, and, the other teammate cancel their intention to escape.  It results that, it is only going to be Ridley and Cross, executing the escape plan.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  Regrettably, the escape attempt fails.  Finally; you have to watch, in order to know, how this movie ends.
            The movie narrative of the feature film, Rollerball (2002), ends with some Hollywood facts.  The countries of origin are the United States of America, Germany and Japan.  The official languages are English, Russian, French, Arabic, Korean, German and Japanese.  There are other notable release dates.  The other notable release dates are:  Australia, March 7, 2002; Spain, March 8, 2002; France, March 13, 2002 and Germany, March 28, 2002.  There are 8 filming locations, in total, for this feature film.  The filming locations include the following:  the Country of Canada; San Francisco, California, U.S.A.; the State of Wyoming, U.S.A.; the State of Minnesota, U.S.A. and the State of New York, U.S.A.  There is box office data for this movie.  The original budget is estimated at, $70 million USD.  On its opening weekend, this movie made $9,013,548 dollars.  This movie is closed in theaters on May 23, 2002.  The gross profits, that are reported, are $18,990,798 USD.  The production companies are Atlas Entertainment, Helkon Media, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), Mosaic Media Group, Toho-Towa and Yorktown Productions.  There are several distributors for this particular movie.  Some of the distributors include the following; MGM Home Entertainment (U.S.A.), Cascade Film (Russia), Eagle Pictures (Italy), Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (Germany) and Nordisk Film (Sweden).   
            To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  For this week, and in conclusion, the feature film was Rollerball (2002).  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when another movie will be highlighted.


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