Posted on 1/11/10 07:46 AM
That's it in a word; phenomenal. Murderball is a documentary about wheelchair rugby played by paraplegic athletes. These men, however, are anything but pitiful. They talk candidly about their lives, sex, family, and the incidents that left them partially paralyzed. Equally stunning is the ferocity with which the play the game, seated in specialized chairs that resemble something out of The Road Warrior, knocking the shit out of each other and hating their rivals and getting fucked up in bars afterward.
The film does an excellent job of remaining objective, not hiding the flaws of the central figures but instead incorporating them into its portrayal of the athletes and coaches as extraordinary human beings. Murderball is a testament to a person's ability to overcome adversity with strength, guilt with forgiveness, and stress with perspective.
An absolute must see.