Darlin’ Dallasers Blogathon – Rollerball (1975)

This is the second of two posts that are part of the Darlin’ Dallasers Blogathon being run this week by Gill of Weegeemidget.

Tnx for letting me take part!

rollerball“Corporate society takes care of everything. And all it asks of anyone, all it’s ever asked of anyone ever, is not to interfere with management decisions. ” – Bartholomew

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – In a futuristic world thst is dominated by a violent team sport, the leading celebrity player of the sport must defy the corporate government who see him as a threat because of his individuality.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I have been interested in seeing for years, but never got around to it.

Once again, thanks to this Blogathon, I finally had an excuse to watch it.

The movies is actually quite an interesting concept because in some ways it was quite prophetic.

Who would have guessed 40 years ago that the world would be dominated by so much reality TV and sports shows run by corporations in a similar way that it’s depicted in the movie.

Yes, things aren’t as violent, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the ante was somehow upped and things got more violent.

The problem is that the concept the way it is laid out here worked better in a 1970’s environment and seems too out of date for now.

James Caan is good in the lead role here mainly because he is good at playing emotionless characters and that’s exactly what was needed here because the utopian society created here relies on the fact that most citizens has little to no emotions and Caan has just the right amount.

John Beck is good as Caan’s teammate and best friend who will do anything to save and protect his friend.

Beck is this film’s connection to Dallas (and hence this blogathon); he appeared in 67 episodes as Mark Graison.

Unfortunately, the storyline moves too slowly and isn’t engrossing enough due to relying too heavily on the violent competitions instead of character or story development.

There are even some pretty tedious scenes here and there…

Bottom Line – Interesting concept that perhaps worked better in the 70’s than it does now. Caan is good as the lead and he gives us enough emotion to show the way their emotionless utopian world works. The fact that they got it right about reality TV being run by corporations is ironically prophetic. Unfortunately the story isn’t as engrossing as it could be and despite the violent sport footage this movie gets boring more than it should.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The game of Rollerball was so realistic the cast, extras, and stunt personnel played it between takes on the set. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)



4 thoughts on “Darlin’ Dallasers Blogathon – Rollerball (1975)

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