A fantastic movie. 2018 year. No more wars and crimes. Corporations rule the world and dominate the minds of people. The game of rollerball – cruel and bloody – has become the most popular sport in the world.
Champion Jonathan E. – an athlete with ten years of experience – becomes the idol of millions of people. And this fact is very worrying for corporate leaders. They insist on the departure of Jonathan from the big sport. But they receive a categorical refusal. And then in the game the rules change dramatically …
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The picture “Rollerball” of 1975 completely accidentally caught my eye when I looked at the page of James Caan, who played the main role in this film. I was impressed with his acting work in the first Godfather, Rain People, and Mickey’s Blue-Eyed. In addition, I liked the Rollerball annotation, and I decided to take a look.
Honestly, I just can’t understand why the film is so unpopular and unknown. Because it is a very competent, high-quality social fiction with a bias towards dystopia.
I guess I agree with the previous speaker that in the year 75 the problems described in the film were not seen as problems by the society of that time (for the same reason, in my opinion, David Cronenbergs films ÂVideo Drom didnÂt end up with decent box office and “Existence” – because they were prophetic, and not directly relevant), so the film did not deserve the glory it was supposed to.
Nevertheless, it is worth noting that this is one of the most original science fiction films that I have seen (and I saw a lot of them and generally love this genre very much). The asceticism and at the same time gloomy atmosphere created by conceptual and simple decorations create the effect of a successful society with very serious diseases that are closed deep inside. The rollerball game itself is an amazingly realistic kind of sport, which you really want to play when watching a movie. It would be interesting even to watch sports broadcasts of this non-existent sport.
The interest of rollerball speaks of a very competently prescribed detailed scenario, which did not skimp on trifles and details. It was these little things that gave life and touch to what is happening on the screen. And the direction of the excellent director Norman Juison (who I also liked from the movie “Justice for All”) made the picture deeply serious, meaningful.
Juison made the story of a manÂs struggle with the system when the system crushed him too hard. That is, the hero of the film Jonathan I. as if crossed the line, after which he can no longer be crushed – it is he who begins to put pressure on the offenders. Moreover, the hero himself is an ordinary person. Not a hero, and not a bastard; not good, not bad. He is just a man.
And finally, the classic soundtrack creates the Rollerball special originality, showiness and seriousness. If the music was a little different – the film would not cause so many positive emotions.
In short, I repeat once again, I believe that this film is underestimated in vain.
I advise it to all lovers of good, high-quality story fiction, which now, in our days, is practically not done.
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 1.75:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
German: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)