Director: Ernest Dickerson
Starring: Dean Cain, Vanessa L Williams, Wesley Snipes
Audio format: Stereo
Year made: 1998
Notes: Scene access, Filmographies, Video trailer, Soundtrack in
English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, Subtitles in 20 different
is the year 2025. The Hawaiian Liberation Army (I kid you not) is waging a
terrorist campaign against mainland America to gain that island's
independence. The terrorists are in secret financially backed by a
consortium of Pacific states led by Australia!
Anyhow, into this geopolitical milieu, steps athletic superstar Tre Ramzey,
played by Dean Cain, TV's Superman in Lois & Clark. The sport he
plays is a new game called rollerba . . . er, sorry, futuresport which is so
fast that it is difficult to follow what the heck is exactly is going on. Think
Rollerball as seen in the recent remake and
the 1975 original starring James Caan - except without motorcycles (which I
Anyhow, Tre suggests that why don't the two superpowers involved settle
their differences with a futuresport game instead of going to war! After
all, the game was invented so that rival street gangs could settle their
differences peacefully. So why don't global superpower nations and blocs
also settle their issues like this?
What is even more ridiculous and preposterous than a full-grown man making
such a suggestion in all seriousness is that both superpowers accept his
that's right. Instead of fighting it out on the battlefield for Hawaii
(prime piece of real estate what with the ocean and beaches and
everything), North America and Australia are going to have a Rollerba, er
sorry, futuresport match. Why haven't anyone thought of that before? Why,
we can have George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein arm wrestle over who should
get Iraq and its oil. No need for invading and clashing armies. Israel and
Palestine can finally sort out their problems over a friendly soccer match
(loser gets kicked out of the Holy Land!).
Heck, all sports movies have a BIG game as its finale, but having
superpowers settle territorial disputes as an excuse for one is definitely
stretching it. Besides the BIG match, Futuresport crams in a subplot about a
kidnapping and a violent gun fight right before it.
DISC: Not much in the way of special features. Um, actually nothing.
Image is crisp and clear and so is the sound though. Don't watch the
included trailer though: it's edited in a way so as to cause epileptic fits!
WORTH IT? As you might have gathered by now, Futuresport is
crap and not even very entertaining crap at that. It is just bland and
easily forgettable. It steals a lot of clichés not just from
Rollerball, but also from the likes of
Blade Runner and countless other sci-fi
movies. Futuresport was one of the most expensive made-for-television
movies ever made (clocking in at $9 million) and aired in 1998. The video
release has some extra topless nudity and gore that wasn't included in the
Apparently a third of the budget went to special effects and while the
effects aren't too bad for this sort of thing, some CGI cityscapes look like
something out of a low-grade computer game. Fuzzy blurs around flying futuresport reminds one of the badder Luke Skywalker's hovercraft in
Star Wars days. Acting is also bad and Dean Cain
isn't likeable as either the jerk superstar before and after his conversion.
Can anyone also explain what the hell a star like Wesley Snipes is doing in
a piece of junk like this?
RECOMMENDATION: Rent the original Rollerball instead.