Thanks to Netflix, I got to see Murderball a few weekends ago. Murderball is an independent movie that showcases the lives of rugby players in the Canadian and American Para-Olympic rugby teams and how they came to join their respective teams. This movie showcases paraplegic athletes in all their glory – from getting up and getting dressed in the morning to practicing their sport to going to work to competing in the Para-Olympics. It also gives the viewer a glimpse into their relationships with parents, friends, girlfriends; their intelligence and dedication; their athletic abilities; and, best of all, their sense of humor.
Murderball also shows how a young man who had recently become a paraplegic discovers rugby and who begins to leave depression behind as he learns more and more about rugby. This young man discovers rugby through a presentation that was done by one of the Para-Olympic athletes at the rehabilitation facility where this young man resided at that time.
By the end of the movie, I no longer saw the wheelchairs that these athletes were using. I found myself cheering, not for people in wheelchairs, but for some of the best athletes I had seen in some time. I highly recommend Murderball.