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.
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.
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…
This movie made me feel things.
Perhaps the story is disjointed. Perhaps it leaves the viewer with the misconception that South Africa was all good and jolly after they won the World Cup (No spoilers, just look at the cover). Perhaps everything that we see in Invictus has been done a hundred times over.
But who cares? The originality that this film lacks is not a deal breaker for me. Morgan Freeman delivers each line with power and confidence. He convinces us that he's saying every word from the bottom of his heart. Matt Damon leaves something to be desired. Whatever. I've never been a fan of his anyway, so I can't even feel disappointed.
Invictus is raw, and bleak, and visceral enough to make up for its flaws.
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...
My week of disappointing movies about racism, all watched at the Spencer Perkins Center for Reconciliation in Jackson, MS, was capped off by Invictus. I knew, from its reputation, that it was not going to be a good movie. I went in hoping to learn something about South Africa, Mandela, and Rugby. Even there, this movie let me down. Yes, Morgan Freeman may have been born to play Mandela, but good Lord, not with this script, and not with Eastwood directing, and not with Damon doing whatever he is doing here.
*Note: the movies were the low-point of an incredible week. The worst thing about the Spencer Perkins Center is their DVD library, and that includes the roach infestation. John Perkins is my hero. I want to send him some better movies.
This is a classical sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The story used John Carlin's book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation as a foundation about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was hosted in that country following the dismantling of apartheid. Freeman and Damon play, respectively, South African President Nelson Mandela and François Pienaar, the captain of the South Africa rugby union team, the Springboks.
Precise, inspirational... real Clint Eastwood movie with great actors... when a film makes you feel good and gives you power from inside it must be Clint Eastwood as a director! A movie master!
It's unfortunately more and more common (which is not to say necessary) to have to defend Clint Eastwood, but a defense of Eastwood is a defense of directing and its history. There are those who'll avoid INVICTUS because of the awards-season plot, the conventions of the sports-movie genre, the casting of American movie stars as South Africans they don't remotely resemble or the god-awful songs. But I'll defend every part of it, even the songs, which are just as terrible--and as key to the film--as the songs in Fritz Lang's RANCHO NOTORIOUS. INVICTUS is the story of two men who are captivated by one another's ideas and who don't really have very much to say to each other. Each one…
Mostly because I love rugby union. But also because for some reason it hit me right in dem feels.
i could not find morgan freeman in this movie... saw only madiba... tramendous movie by clint eastwood...
Invictus is one of Clint Eastwood's best movies with an incredible performance by Morgan Freeman and a deep philosophy of life which should inspire all of us.
I recently saw Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” and I was both inspired as touched by the film. Set in South Africa, it is about the time that Nelson Mandela is in his first term as the country’s President. As the land is torn by the apartheid, Mandela uses the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite the South African people.
The film is mostly about how Mandela inspires the South African Rugby team to become the world champion. But in the meantime we get to see how Mandela being president affects the country. The white people call him a terrorist and the black people thinks he’s a hero. Nelson Mandela must have been a very strong and ambitious man to unite these…
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