Wednesday, January 04, 2006

getting away with murder

A movie about a bunch of guys in wheelchairs shouldn'’t be this much fun. In the first few minutes of watching Murderball I felt like I shouldn't be staring at the guy in the chair. But less than an hour in I realized that I wasn'’t seeing his chair at all. Days later I'’m still thinking about it.

Murderball follows the stories of several members of the US National Quad Rugby team. It'’s one of the film's first mind-bends to conceive of quadriplegiclegics playing a contact sport, but as one of the guys in the movie says "What's the worst that can happen? We might break our necks?" It'’s this call-it-what-it-is-and-get-on-with-it style that reaches out and grabs you. Murderball'’s greatest strength is that finally you don't see an injury or even a piece of equipment. All you see is the man.

If you haven'’t seen Murderball I highly recommend it with this one caveat: this is a documentary that follows young male athletes. All of the language and graphic stories of the locker room are in this movie so if that's going to bother you, sit this one out.

As for me, I'’m still chewing on this one and I'’d say odds are good I'’ll be renting it again. Kudos to directors Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro for a job well done. Let team captian Mark Zupan and company take on all your assumptions about people in wheelchairs. Trust me, they can take it.


JAnie & DAve said...

Hi Almost Aunty Claire!

I liked your review, i just made Dave read it. Is this movie an old release? I am not up on the new movies, so even if it were new i would just not have a clue!
I am very anxious for my baby, at tonight (sunday, jan 8th) i just don't have a clue what to do with myself. I don't want to sit, stand, play a game, watch a movie, bake, clean, hang out with people... you get the point! I think i just want to be in labour. But, i am trying to find something to distract my mind and here i am doing it!
Have a really great week. I hope you are an aunt by like tomorrow!

Love Janie and Dave

Nikki said...


that sounds like a wierd movie to me
but you know i'm just TEN!!!

so what would I know...

I miss you and the house of mirth!!!

love coli