I know that so many people here are in love with the Timothy Bottoms thriller Rollercoaster!. I watched this on the Turner Classic Movies channel a few days ago, and I may put this on the top twenty worst films I have ever seen. The performances are corny, the story is far-fetched, and the sole purpose of this film is to show how well they can mount a camera on a roller coaster. I was so bored while watching it, but I had to stay awake to see if it would get better. The only good parts were towards the end with some decent shots (with horrid acting) of "Revolution". Honestly, how can you people sit through this crap?
I don't think anyone admires it for great acting, awesome effects or even a fascinating plot. What is IS good for are: great slices of life circa 1976 at two parks that are still around but vastly different, footage of the long gone Comet (the coaster destroyed in the opening), fine performances by George Segal, Richard Widmark, and Timothy Bottoms, and some quick shots of future stars Helen Hunt and Steve Guttenberg.
Why do I love it? I get to see Revolution when it didn't suck, and I happen to like that stupid Sparks song that goes on for 30 minutes at the climax.
Jay Sherman said "It stinks!". ;) I remember watching this as a kid and being glued to my seat. I was enthralled. But then again, the same can be said for "Xanadu". Imagine my horror when, years later, I had convinced a group of friends to give it a shot (after very heavy lobbying on my part), only to discover that it did indeed suck! What was I thinking!! I hadn't started drinking at that age, and as for drugs, I was all "yeah right, stoner!" at that age, so I have no idea why I initially thought it was good. I do know my reviewing credibility went out the window that day. I imagine "Rollercoaster" might be a lot like that...
The movie is so bad it's good. A stupid, totally forgetable Helen Hunt who should have quit the business, and that rediculous shot of Timothy Bottoms right before he gets smacked down by the Revolution. If that's not the definition of payback, I don't know what is.
Well, Helen Hunt IS a good selling point! But other than that, it seems to be a dated movie- a movie that time hasn't been too nice to. Sure, the old shots of PKD and MM are nice, but they don't save a generally lackluster movie. Yeah, it's historic (especially if you're an ACE member) but that's about it.
It's definitely the nostalgia factor and unless you are a total coaster geek, not going to impress you one whit. Just like the old Star Trek series.
Of course, anyone born after 1974 isn't likely to appreciate any of the "special effects" like Sensurround or the shots from on the coasters especially compared to what can be done now. But when it was released, the sensurround was awesome, and it was the first movie I recall that made you feel like you were riding the coasters.