50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

Murderball (2005)

Director: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro

Too lazy to get your ass off of that couch and make something of your life? Give Murderball a look and just try to stay unmotivated by its end.

As inspirational as it is adrenaline-pumping and unexpectedly funny, co-directors Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's film takes a look at Wheelchair Rugby, the sport where quadriplegics talk tons of smack to one another, crash into each other's wheelchairs with the force of supercharged bumper cars, and tirelessly battle for supremacy.

As a sports doc, Murderball soars, presenting a colorful cast of characters and rousing game footage. More importantly, though, the film shows how admirably driven Wheelchair Rugby's participants are—one player says, without flinching, "I'm not here for a hug—I'm here to win."

Don't feel sorry for anyone in Murderball. If you do, they'll run you over. —MB

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