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Rollerball (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: February 8, 2002
CAP Score: 16
CAP Influence Density: 2.92
ROLLERBALL* (PG-13) -- earned a CAP final score of 16! That makes it hardcore R-13!
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
Director(s): John McTiernan
Producer(s): Kristen Branan, John McTiernan, Charles Roven, Beau St. Clair, Michael Tadross Written by/Screenplay: Larry Ferguson, John Pogue, William Harrison (short story, 1975 screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Steve Mason
Music: Eric Serra
Editing: John Wright
Chris Klein (Jonathan Cross), Jean Reno, (Alexi Petrovich), LL Cool J (Marcus Ridley), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Aurora )
This futuristic hodgepodge of color and crime mixes fantasy with ... ? What did it have to say? It said something about an extreme sports participant getting mixed up in foreign rollerball busting up a cruel criminal operation by winning the hearts of the other players. Something like that anyway.
The movie opens up with Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) skate boarding prone down the famous hill streets of San Francisco without regard for any damage or for injury to himself or others. After wreaking havoc with the traffic, several stores and a countless number of pedestrians, Cross gets recruited by Marcus Ridley (LL Cool J) to play rollerball for Asian gamers. Crooked as a cow path, the owner Alexi Petrovich (Jean Reno) and his dogs milk the sport for as much money as they can get. Whatever the cost. Whether monetary or human.
The object of the game was to catch a seven pound (I think) steel ball and slam it into a gong hard enough to set off the pyros (showers of sparks) announcing the point won. The track is a striped figure eight which invites more of a human demolition derby than a roller derby. And all advantage was taken of that configuration to wreak violence and aggression. In the last heat, all rules were suspended. Note that the murder count in the Findings/Scoring listing is quite probably inaccurate since action was so fast that mechanisms which would typically be fatal could not be determined as fatal since action scenes evaporated quickly into the next scene and sequences. Thus, a plethora of "violence in sports" line items. PG-13?
Rollerball was an extremely violent movie [Ps. 11:5]. It was filled with the full spectrum of foul language [Prov. 8:13]. It was replete with sexual issues, some bold such as nudity and intercourse (genitals unseen) with some coy such as innuendo [Rev. 21:8]. There was also drinking, drunkenness [Rom. 13:13], dope and tobacco smoking [1Cor. 6:19].
During verification and validation of the CAP analysis model, G-rated movies earned CAP final scores of 100 to 87 out of 100. PG earned scores of 86 to 68. PG-13 movies earned scores from 67 to 55 out of 100 with R-rated movies earning scores of 54 and below. Reliably. Consistently. Rollerball earned a CAP final score of 16! That makes it hardcore R-13! The score was earned under the same model using the same investigation standards in the same computer using the same application programmed with the same code conducted by the same investigator (even with all setting on and at the same desk) that generated the scores of each of the other 536 movies.
All this for your 13 year old kids (and younger). What was the MPAA thinking!? If I were a betting man, I'd be willing to wager that the MPAA will evaporate within five years. It is already useless as a trustworthy source of guidance in light of their sliding with popular ethics.
Please read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of the ignominy in this movie.
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*******Food for Thought*******
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):
six uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and six without
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|NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.|
|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|