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Monday, April 17, 2006

Murderball

This is a documentary shot over quite a few years, following the rivalry between the US and Canadian quadriplegic rugby teams as they move from world championships to the Paralympic Games in Athens last year. It is a true sports thriller, building the tension of who will win in a bitter ongoing competition between the evenly matched teams. It is also an insightful look at the lives and thoughts of the variously-abled quadriplegics involved, as they discuss their injuries or illnesses, recovery, and facts of day-to-day life.

This is not a sentimental feel-good movie about the brave martyrs coping so well with life's adversity. The foul language and frank views make sure that this is not going to run on the Lifetime Channel as a movie of the week. And some people are just assholes, whether they are in a chair or not. But it is involving and thrilling as they build up to the final competition.

The production values are nil, the sound quality is muddy at times, but it is a good film for the story and the real people showing real emotions. Definitely not suitable for minors.

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