Sunday, February 8, 2015
To me most sports movies are a waste of time but if your movie is set in a future where everything is run by mysterious evil corporations and the sport we're focusing on is a bastardized version of roller-derby where guys use spiked gloves to smash their opponents faces in and run each other over with motorbikes then I'm in. Being a movie made in Hollywood of the 70's there's message about the virtue of individuality vs. the non-virtue of a ruling class of decision-makers that run everything. The director also claims this movie is anti-violence and while I can see that idea in there there's also an awful lot of blood and brutality that would appeal to viewers who are not so peace-loving and just wanna see people getting messed up. A relic of a time when the mainstream didn't automatically mean commercial garbage.
There was a remake of this in 2002 with LL Cool J but since that's way past the era of anything worthwhile coming out of Hollywood I can't imagine what kind of maniac would bother watching it.
Gratuitous use of Beethoven's Fugue in D Minor!: