Murderball is uplifting, irreverant, gritty, fun, etc..

Murderball

IMDB

Year: 2005

Director: Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro

Length: 88 minutes

Category: Sports

Media: DVD

Rating from Rated R for language and sexual content.: R

Rating: 5 out of 5

I felt guilty adding Murderball to my Netflix queue. As IMDB says, it is “a film about quadriplegics who play full-contact rugby in Mad Max-style wheelchairs – overcoming unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.” It has exploitation written all over it, right?

I couldn’t have been more wrong. The movie is mostly honest and these players are leading incredibly rich, fun, colorful, athletic lives. And the movie was very informative about the game rules, training, etc.

On the negative side, I don’t think their presentation of Coach Joe was balanced(the faq session with him in the special features section is excellent, though). Also, I would really like more information about the dangers of the game – some of those hits were pretty rough.

R5I felt guilty adding Murderball to my Netflix queue. As IMDB says, it is “a film about quadriplegics who play full-contact rugby in Mad Max-style wheelchairs – overcoming unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.” It has exploitation written all over it, right?

I couldn’t have been more wrong. The movie is mostly honest and these players are leading incredibly rich, fun, colorful, athletic lives. And the movie was very informative about the game rules, training, etc.

On the negative side, I don’t think their presentation of Coach Joe was balanced(the faq session with him in the special features section is excellent, though). Also, I would really like more information about the dangers of the game – some of those hits were pretty rough.

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