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Was it just me or did they keep saying 'Jonathan' way too many times?
Coverage, coverage, coverage! The cinematography is exquisite. Loved how everything remains in a mystery. A nightmare world, as all good dystopian films are. The upper class party sequence is just horrifying.
1975's Rollerball is a dystopian SF classic that for some reason doesn't get the same respect other 70s flicks in the genre do. Maybe it's the level of violence, but this isn't violence for violence's sake like, say, Death Race 2000's. It's gladiatorial and creates a number of visceral action set pieces that represents the corporate rat race, in a future that seems more and more probable, where corporations have replaced nations. This new (though by then old) order, based on class, is maintained by the understanding that no one person is more important than the other, and the insane sport of Rollerball - a combination of roller derby, football, hockey and motocross - is the great public example of team over individual. Until James Caan's champion (played against type, he's incredibly soft-spoken) becomes an international sensation, and suddenly the cult of personality threatens the bosses. Though it plays out in a bloody, chaotic game, this is a philosophical conflict, and though dark, it celebrates the freedom of the will
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This movie ranks #57 in Badmovies.org's Best B-Movies
This movie ranks #100 in Total Sci-Fi's The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
This movie ranks #216 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #756 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die