Sports aren't exactly a category I go out of my way to look for when selecting a movie to watch for the night. But I enjoy Murderball because it isn't a typical story of athletes striving to make it to the top, competing for fame, fortune and entertainment value. Nor is it simply a 'sweet, heartwarming tale of the disabled overcoming all obstacles'. These guys aren't playing for pats on the back and awards for participation; they're out to WIN, and they do it for pride. Aside from the players personal backgrounds and differing afflictions and accidents which led to their physical disablement, I was drawn most into this movie by the players sheer fierceness and surprising (almost reckless!) will to do what they must to win. Just because these guys are quadriplegics, don't think they lack for competitiveness or fearlessness!
The International sport of Murderball (also known as Quad Rugby) is a combination of a few different contact sports, such as rugby and ice hockey. Like it's origins, Murderball doesn't skimp on the 'contact' element of the game; players operate a specially designed wheelchair reminiscent of futuristic gladiator Mad-Max-esque chariots, which allow them to full-on slam into one another without hesitation in the attempts of preventing an opponent's score. This documentary follows a handful of players of different physically-impaired backgrounds and athletic experience, from newly emerging disabled athletes first discovering the game to highly competitive veterans of the sport as they prep themselves to compete for a gold medal at the Paralympics in Greece.