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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.
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.
White people cure apartheid with rugby. Inthe end, the only person who loses is the film's audience.
An efficiently told and crafted sports drama, Clint Eastwood's "Invictus" is a solid, sometimes rousing film. The story of Nelson Mandela's attempt to unify the hearts of his nation through rugby, the drama is both timely and classical. Though the film never rarely indulges in its powerful emotional potential, it can be a sweeping piece of work.
Taking place when President Mandela became South Africa's leader in the 1990s, the film follows as he works to unify his country. Trying to bring his black and white countrymen together, he charges South Africa's rugby team with the task of thrilling the hearts of all the citizenry with victory. The narrative mixes its focus between politics and sports, and creates an engaging…
Here we have two stories molded together when focusing on a single narrative would have made more sense. Morgan Freeman was fantastic as Nelson Mandela, so I don't understand why the film wanted to inject a generic rugby subplot. I think that lack of focus really hurt this film, since the rugby portions were mere distractions. Matt Damon's acting was fine, but his character was hard to understand. Who knows what that accent was supposed to be. I was intrigued by the political drama until I was thrown into the next rugby scene.
I can only describe this film as a missed opportunity that's front loaded with clichés. People changing their politics and personal feelings because of a game? Give…
For a director who mostly made either westerns or war films, it's cool seeing someone like Clint Eastwood come out of his comfort zone... though frankly, Invictus isn't the masterpiece critics like Roger Ebert made it out to be.
Don't get we wrong... there's a lot of strong moments in the film. It's performances are excellent (with an Oscar-nominated Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon with a hilariously fake African accent), the cinematography is superb, and it's got some truly heartfelt moments that gives justice to Mandala's legacy... but... Eastwood has a hard time in this movie trying to figure out what should be the spotlight of this remarkable true story, should Mandela get the credit or Matt…
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...
The more I watch and rewatch Clint Eastwood's directorial efforts, the more I am aware of their shortcomings in terms of filmmaking. However, at the very same time I am becoming convinced of the ability of those actors who turn in fantastic performances in those films. It is almost an acting challenge to deliver a stunning scene knowing you have only one take to get it right, because Clint will just want to move down the list and clock out. So, you just have to appreciate what Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman have accomplished here.
And Eastwoodisms aside, I will take "Invictus" over "Mandela: lomg walk to freedom" any day; flaws and all...
I watched this movie when I was 15 and I was on a date with a random 18 year old mormon girl, on a cruise to Alaska. I feel like I need to re-watch this movie to give it a fair rating
Clint Eastwood has contiounly accepted stories that are a little Oscar baity and have a serious tone, with that said I think he has yet to be bad directorially. This movie made me care about a sport I have no clue about, and while I'm still not sure what the rules of rugby actually are, it was fun to watch. Matt Damon is very good in this playing a South American rugby player, and Morgan Freeman is basically Nelson Mandela soooo. Anyway it's a well made more with a story to root for, check it out if you can.
De film Invictus is een aanrader! Morgan Freeman speelt Mandela en Matt Smith heeft ook een grote rol. Gaat over het rugby-WK van 1996.
Anda Clint Eastwood empeñado en contarnos “grandes historias”, preferentemente basadas en acontecimientos históricos reales, como si no se diera cuenta de que su gran cine suele emerger de lo cotidiano. No incumple la norma este Invictus, un filme desde luego competente sobre la “transición sudafricana” pero que adolece de esa chispa que sí salta en títulos como Sin Perdón (Unforgiven, 1992) o Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Los dos actores rinden a buen nivel. El “mensaje”, paradójicamente, funciona mejor con la trama secundaria de los escoltas que con la principal.
El partido final se hace larguísimo.
Basada en el libro El factor humano, de John Carlin.
watched it because of Matt Damon and it ended up being a much better movie than i first expected.
The main feature of this film is to be Inspirador.para show the resolution of a problem that was chronic in South Africa, over the film loses much on what want to tell, and the story loses its strength.
Nice direction and Morgan Freeman is great in his role, but I found the story uninteresting. It's like this film only tries to show what a great person Mandela was.
Sarà anche una cazzata, ma perché quando parla un leader devono sempre mettere dei commenti ignoranti di quelli che ascoltano?!
Mi viene in mente il discorso del capitano di Rugby in palestra...mamma che fastidio!
Per il film non so...sono combattuto. Da una parte mi pare particolare trarre una piccola trattare questo frammento della storia del Sud Africa, ma dall'altra...cazzo ma Nelson Mandela pensava veramente a ste cazzate di sport dopo la fine dell'apartheid?! Posso capire i concetti di fondo, ma viene data davvero troppo importanza alla cosa.
Comunque sia...fondamentalmente è una americanata con personaggi sempre uguali con situazioni abbastanza prevedibili. Deludente!
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