Murderball (2005) - Documentary, Sport

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Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Henry Alex Rubin
Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill
Length: 88 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 69 found boring (4.34%)

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The film offers an informative look into different types of quadriplegia and it is fascinating just how much the subjects are able to accomplish without full use of their limbs.

Seeing the hard, outer shell of the players on the court gives way to thinking that they are near robots, simply pounding away at their sport, and not caring for much else, but what is unexpected is the heartfelt lives that they lead.

I've heard it said that people don't like documentaries because they think they'll be preached to or bored.

Very Enjoyable Film .

In the history of the sports movie/documentary we are normally served with a dish that includes, corn, cheese and any ingredient from cliché 101.

This is fast paced action of a sports movie that exposes the souls of men without any cheap romantics.

Unlike reality TV, with Murderball there's no script or re-takes, just true grit and heroism.

The nuances of handicapped life were unwrapped before an audience that I would suspect had little encounter with any of the subjects examined by Rubin: attraction, disability cause, sex, public reactions, mundane personal chores and most of all-sporting competition.

All the on-court action kept me on the edge of my seat and the off-court footage is just as enthralling as you see seasoned sportsman & newcomers (Getting over the trauma of their debilitating accidents) coming together to practise and promote the sport.

insightful and compelling .

The segments in which the quads talk about dating women who are too nervous to ask about their bodily functions are great and all the scenes showing the quads moving about independently are engaging as the film potently reminds one that life does always go on no matter what happens.

Next up for him is directing his own "The Every Boy," a stunning debut novel that I highly recommend.

The dynamic there is fascinating.

But the actual sports scenes are what makes the film come alive, playing like coverage of your average American basketball game with the camera zooming in on the players and getting up close and personal during the intense sports action.

This documentary showcases the game from both the points of view of Team USA and Team Canada, highlighting the intense rivalry between them, with Team Canada inheriting a disgruntled ex-Team USA star player Joe Soares, who's now their head coach.

True, body parts for these men are missing or malfunctioning but everything else is intact, and their frank, funny and compelling openness about who they are as athletes, quadriplegics, and men is wonderfully filmed.

This compelling scenario sets the stage for one of the best documentaries you'll ever see - a triumph of the heart, and human spirit - truly inspirational.

Kudos to directors Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro for their fine work on this film, especially Rubin, who also provided the stunning camera-work for the scenes on the court.

The subplots are also very compelling, including the man whose drunken driving caused one of the men to go into a wheelchair talks about the deep guilt he feels.

Done in MTV styled quick cuts with adrenaline pumping music, the games shown in the documentary don't bore.

I got pumped up for the games, but like any great sports movie, the characters have emotional stories and backgrounds; these are more fascinating than anything I've seen on film.

Muderball is a great documentary that is compelling viewing.

Murderball isn't the sad, pity story that you would expect from such a saddening topic, but rather a fast paced, touching, ass-kicking story with a twist in the end.

You probably get that this is an amazingly funny and riveting movie about all the things you never had the balls to ask a handicapped person such as "how's the sex life?

The film concentrates, primarily, on the intense and sometimes downright vicious rivalry between the team from the United States and the team from Canada.

Directors Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro create one of the best and most intriguing documentaries ever filmed.

This deeply compelling film about wheelchair rugby and its athletes excels.

" If the story is compelling, interesting and well told, it will be a success.

Their stories are as fascinating as the sport they play, and the filmmakers know it.

This means that they must have also followed many people who had to be left on the cutting room floor in order to make a consistent, coherent, and compelling film.

"Murderball" is an intense physical activity for even healthy individuals.

Powerful gripping movie .

Mark Zupan has to be the most intense man I have seen in sports with his will to surpass all obstacles and do it in a way where he can come back to earth and show such a shy side when introducing youngsters and newcomers to the sport.

The film breaks down any stereotypes you might have about the disabled, while being immensely entertaining and funny at the same time.

A Riveting Ride From a Wheelchair Perspective of Sports and Competition .

In less than 90 minutes, Rubin and Shapiro manage to give you a sense of the specific tragedies (made even more tragic because of the usually arbitrary nature of the events), difficulties, psychological/personal progression over time and triumphs of more than seven different people, all while presenting thrilling (and extremely emotional) quad rugby games even though they've been edited down to just a few minutes.

Murderball dives into the intense and aggressive sport of wheelchair rugby and follows it's tough and gritty athletes.

That alone is worth watching it for.

Murderball (2005): Dir: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro / Featuring: Joe Soares, Mark Zupan, Keith Cavill: Riveting documentary about retaliating against one's flaws or faults.

Fascinating doc rises above so-so sports highlights .

This fascinating documentary will put all of that stuff into perspective for you, while entertaining the hell out of you at the same time.

Originally called murderball, wheelchair rugby makes for a fascinating subject for a documentary.

The sport these guys play is intense beyond belief.

"Murderball" does an amazing job of juxtaposing scenes of the quadriplegic rugby players documenting their familial environments and dealing with their personal demons, with the fast-paced, adrenaline-packed scenes of rugby.

As an ex-murderball player of 18 years, I got to see, first hand, how this sport developed and grew internationally, along with those who play, in this huge adrenaline rush of a sport!