Movie Reviews (such as they are)

Monday, June 16, 2008


What could be better than a load of paraplegics ramming holy fuck out of each other in specially reinforced wheelchairs? Virtually nothing, that's what!

Murderball -- or wheelchair rugby, to give it its more PC name -- is just that. Oh yeah, and you have to get a ball from one end of the court to the other, just like in able-bodied rugby, football, and other games of that ilk.

The documentary Murderball follows the US and Canadian teams in the run-up to and in the 2004 Olympics, focusing on a few US players, the coach of the Canadian team (himself a former player for the USA), and a recently paraplegickized (that's a word, right?) young man named Keith.

It's a cracking little film, full of fun and tears, and one that ultimately sends a good and positive message. Here's hoping they show some of the Paralympics stuff in this year's Olympics coverage and that murderball might be among the clips shown.

I give this movie 72 points out of 100.

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