Rollerball is one hell of a movie

The best thing about Rollerball?


They took a bunch of stunt guys, strapped them into roller skates, tossed in some dirt bikes then actually played Rollerball to figure out how it would work in real life.

No fatalities but a couple of serious injuries. I’m sure everyone had a blast.

There are two ways to think about Rollerball.

It’s either the last 70s high concept science fiction movie before Star Wars basically destroyed the idea SF could do high concept.

Or it’s the first of the mega-violent 80s scifi blockbusters that Paul Verhoeven would become the master of. In fact Rollerball is very tame by modern standards. Hard to believe it was an 18 certificate in the UK.

However you look at it, Rollerball is one hell of a movie.

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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