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Review (9/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Murderball is a movie about the people who play the sport that was invented in Canada and now goes by the name "wheelchair rugby". The documentary is directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro and focuses on members of the United States Paralympic wheelchair rugby team and their rivalry with the hated Canadian team. It's not so much that the Canadian team is hated, it's the fact that they are coached by former Team USA superstar Joe Soares. Soares defected from the American team after the aging veteran was cut.

Soares is an intense individual. So much so, that he is an outright asshole. He yells. He screams. He treats his own son like no child should ever be treated. As Team USA star Mark Zupan points out, "if he were on fire, I wouldn't piss on him to put it out."

Murderball tells us the story of Joe Soares, Mark Zupan, Bob Lujano, Keith Cavill and a handful of other wheelchair athletes. Soares lost the use of his legs because of polio. Zupan passed out in the back of a friend's pickup truck and was thrown into a gully when that same drunk friend, unaware that Zupan was in the truck, drove home and crashed. Cavill was paralyzed after a motorcross accident. Many of these stories are heart-wrenching. But we also get to see a side of their lives that will bring a smile to your face. They play cards, they play practical jokes, they discuss their sex lives, hell, they even get hot chicks. And they are passionate about their wheelchair rugby.

Wheelchair rugby is a rough and tumble sport. Each player is assigned a grade from 0.5 to 3.5, based on the level of their disability. There can never be more than eight points on the court at one time. Needless to say, the games between Team USA and Canada are intense and exciting. The boys play the game in specially designed wheelchairs that are made to withstand the vigours of the sport. The intensity of the games makes Murderball that much more enjoyable a movie.

Perhaps my only complaint about Murderball would have been that I wish we would have gotten to know a few of the Canadian players. We didn't even get to know the name of one of their players, just their asshole American coach. But then again, I am Canadian so this opinion is a little biased.

In the end, Murderball is one of the better documentaries I have seen in quite some time. Some of the athletes in this movie are really something else. Their stories are sad but their lives are uplifting. I have met people with the use of two arms, two legs, eight fingers and two thumbs who could only wish they had half the conviction of the boys of Murderball. Truly, a remarkable story.

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