Review of Murderball
I have responded to the main characters and their situations including how they make me feel about the lives of Quadriplegic people and how they deal with it during their lifetime. My overall impressions about Mark Zupan and Joe Soares lives as a quadriplegic has encouraged me to respond not to feel sorry for them but to gain respect and be inspired .I will be discussing the film techniques to support my ideas in the documentary.
The answer, according to a documentary quoted in the film, is often "yes," and animated figures show us some of the moves. We also learn that people in chairs have long since gotten over any self-consciousness in talking about their situation, and hate it when people avoid looking at them or interacting with them. "I'm a guy in a chair," Zupan says. "I'm just like you, except I'm sitting down."
Compassion and caring would have been traditionally considered feminine, so it is possible to notice that Zapan is mainly masculine, but he acknowledge his condition and makes role adjustments in compliance with it. Zapan is a type of person that could be considered a super crip, but all other men can also be considered super crips because they have all overcome circumstances in which most people would give up. “Your mind becomes a bigger disability than physical stuff” (Murderball, 2005). They all notice that there is no going back to the old ways, and they learn to live with their new circumstances, and that is already an admirable progress in addition to their athletic achievements after becoming disabled.
Filmmakers Dana Adam Shapiro and Henry Alex Rubin along with THINKFilm and MTV Films reach out to their viewers with a gripping documentary entitled, Murderball, about a sport most people have never heard of: quadriplegic rugby. These quadriplegic men square off on a basketball court and play rugby – with unique rules and regulations of course – in specially designed wheelchairs so they can ram, bash, and smash each other with full force. The filmmakers and directors use the riveting stories of how these men were injured to draw sentimental feelings from the viewer, while their camera work and post/pre-production techniques are often manipulated to evoke wonder.
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