Posted by: Scott Groves | February 29, 2012

Movie review: Murder Ball

Murderball is a documentary that focuses primarily on a sports rivalry between Canada and the US.

Yes, the game which the movie focuses on is played by inspirational quadriplegics who have turned their tragedy into something positive.  However, at the end of the day this movie is really about American athletes who can’t wait to beat their rivals.

Rugby, in a wheelchair, is somewhat compelling – yet even at the Olympic level the game seems fairly rudimentary and not as violent as the preview who would have you believe.  Some of the personal stories about the athletes are both tragic and uplifting, but he film doesn’t really dig deep enough into their life’s for us to really care that much.

The pacing is so-so and you can tell it was probably a rookie who made this film.  Worth checking out if it makes its way to Netflix streaming, but probably not worth burning up a slot in your DVD queue.

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