Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion.
Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.
White people cure apartheid with rugby. Inthe end, the only person who loses is the film's audience.
All this film amounts to is a collection of Mandela motivational speeches interspersed with some poorly choreographed rugby bits. There is no real story here other than Eastwood goes to great lengths to tell you how wonderful Mandela is all the bloody time. Shame he didn't think about the story or characters or anything else that might make an engaging movie. The more I think about the film the more I really disliked it, the only saving grace is Freeman's portrayal of the president. Somebody should have told Matt Damon that the film was set in South Africa and not South Queensland though.
I was half expecting the end to finish with the line, "And South Africa lived happily ever after". Urgh.
A touching, yet simplistic telling of a true story sporting miracle. For all those concerned about spoilers... Seriously? Just look at the poster, it's not hiding much...
Matt Damon is good, but surprisingly not very present in the film. Invictus was always going to belong to Morgan Freeman's amazing portrayal of Nelson Mandela.
A good sporting watch, handled well, with far too many crowd shots, but nothing you haven't seen in every other post-Mighty Ducks film...
A total bore. Morgan Freeman is pretty good.
I will say this straight up front. I'm not into sports. I used to love tea-ball and i'd like to move on to baseball as tea-ball is basically looked at as a kids version of the game but overall I don't really play or watch spots. With that being said, that doesn't change how fantastic this film is. Morgan Freeman gives an incredible performance as Nelson Mandela. He fits the wise and kind nature of the man and also the hardworking-ness. The prison scene where he narrates the poem that inspires him is a powerful one. Matt Damon is also very good. My final thoughts are that Invictus is an inspiring and engaging drama that I recommend, whether you like rugby or not.
Well made sports drama.
Occasionally stodgy and too straightforward, Clint Eastwood's sports movie cum biopic still raises hair on the arms on a few occasions and the leads are both tremendous. And the bit with the airliner genuinely made me laugh out loud, so fair play.
If the real Mandela said half of what he says in this film- what an amazing man he must be. Good film, too much slo-mo at the end.
In the hands of any other director, Invictus could have been a total mess. Either it could have fallen into every cliché in the sports movie genre (the team of underdogs who manage to win against all odds), or it could have been a woefully sentimental exploration of adversity, the kind of film which exists only to be given awards. There are elements of both these at opposite ends of the film, but Clint Eastwood manages to reign both in just enough to create a film which, while flawed, remains both inspiring and entertaining.
This really is a film of three parts. The first act, lasting about 45 minutes, is the worthy section of the film. Morgan Freeman is introduced…
7/10: Not as inspiring and touching as I thought it would be if compared to other sports movies. Most probably due to Matt Damon's acting which is not convincing enough as the team captain at all. Hardly feel his character at all.
Para mi el visionado de Invictus ha sido como escuchar un disco de Dire Straits o Mark Knopfler y eso viniendo de mi no es naaaaada bueno.
Trailerfilm. Pianosoundtrack op de moeilijke momenten. Slow motion tijdens de heroïsche. Opgemaakte kippenvelquote na quote. En zonder ziel.
This movie is as boring as its poster looks. The only person I see benefiting from this venture is Morgan Freeman, who can now say he has played Nelson Mandela, and he does such a good job of it I wouldn't be surprised if he gets an Oscar nod for it. Damon is good too, but this is by far Clint Eastwood's worst film since the days of his B-movies like BLOOD WORK and ABSOLUTE POWER. It is so unbelievably boring. It also fails as a sports movie. It’s such a weak script, extremely Movie of the Week and makes me wonder if age is now finally catching up with Eastwood's mind. I hope not.
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