Murderball Movie Review
"Murderball." What an absolutely killer name. Of course, as is stated in the film, calling a sport about quadriplegic wheelchair rugby players "Murderball" is just not marketable, but hell, it got my attention.
This documentary follows the lives and circumstances of several players on the U.S. Paralympics rugby team, detailing how they cope with their disabilities and how they are able to play a sport that most of us wouldn't even think of doing or trying. They don't wear helmets, they aren't nice, and they smash the crap out of each other to win.
Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, "Murderball" is an interesting, fun and at times exciting film that blends commentary on physically disabled people with some intense sports action.
However, not that intense. Given the marketing of the picture, and the title itself, I was expecting a lot more of the film to be devoted to the sport itself. Unfortunately, only three games are shown, and the three games are reduced to a quick couple of minutes each. You would think the men featured in this film would have wanted their sport shown as much as themselves, but the documentary spends much longer on the people than on the sport. I was looking forward to a much more in-depth look at the tournament at the end of the game, but instead got a three-minute deal that, while exciting, was not enough.
"Murderball" is a great little film, but it needed more of the sport to really engage. Each person's story is an interesting one, but they themselves would probably be the first to ask for a little more action and a little less talking.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.