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Movie Review: Murderball

Alternate Title: Hell on Wheels

Story: The new, more politically correct name of the sport as Quadriplegic Rugby gains corporate sponsorship instead of it's old name of Murderball. It is an exciting, not for the faint of heart type of man's man sport with crashing, bumping, thumping, spills and lots of action.

I implore you to check out this film when it opens near you. It is an inspiring documentary about men who have become quadriplegic through injury, accident, illness or war. It is about courage, willpower, determination, personal triumph and moxie (and not at all sappy). These guys do not want you to feel sorry for them because they are in wheel chairs, trust me.

We get to meet and know about half a dozen of the major players. I learned a lot about being a quadriplegic from a medical overview through a full discussion (and some visuals) about their sex lives. It pretty much answers many of the questions most of us never ask (but think about).

The film by directors Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro (it won the audience award at Sundance for best Documentary) takes us from the 2002 World competition in Sweden through last year's paralymics in Athens.

Please check out this extraordinary film. You will be better for it. Just do it!

Acting: Not applicable in a documentary - but I sure was engrossed by everyone.

Predilection: I like documentaries and I like films about survival.

Theater Audience: A very small appreciative crowd.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 0

Tissue Usage: I admit to a tear or two at the end.

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Nit Picking: How can I nit pick with these guys...they are very scary.

Big Screen or Rental: Go for the big screen and support Indie films like this one.

Length: 90 minutes