This is a lively documentary about wheelchair rugby athletes on the road to the Para-Olympics in Athens. We are introduced to Mark Zupan, the outspoken hot-shot of the team, Joe Soares, a former teammate who now coaches America's rival, the Canadian team, and several others. They all describe how they became quadriplegics, how their lives have been affected, and how much they love this sport (originally named "murderball"). Each man is passionately devoted to the sport and their enthusiasm is contagious, even though it's a very, very rough and demanding sport. We also meet a young man in a rehab facility who has just had a spinal cord injury and see him excited for the first time at the thought of playing wheelchair rugby.
This film opened a whole new world to me; it was exciting, surprising, and definitely inspiring. I'm glad that it was nominated for an Academy Award.