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.
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…
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.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Un beau film mais qui nous dévoile un Nelson Mandela angélique, sans aucun travers...
Beau film qui nous dévoile un Nelson Mandela angélique, sans aucun travers...
This movie is just way too long and boring. Biopics can be interesting but most of the time they're just boring. The rugby matches were portrayed way too seriously almost to comedic effect with slow motion and dramatic silences, it was all just way too dramatic. There were too many scenes of just people talking to each other about different things, I would rather read a history book to find out about Nelson Mandela.
This really is the strangest sequel I've ever seen. After 30 years in jail, Ellis 'Red' Redding leaves Shawshank Prison and unites a whole nation to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Honestly, what will Hollywood think of next?
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Invictus 2009 (7.4) USA
Indifferent on all levels. Performances, scenes, even the cuts feel perfunctory. Also the worst music cues...maybe ever. C
Desperately dull Oscar bait with no character development beyond Mandela being a good man, and Francois Pienaar wanting to succeed for him and for their country. Yawn.
It was inevitable that Morgan Freeman would get to play Nelson Mandela one day, but he only really plays Morgan Freeman. Harry Enfield remains my favourite depiction of Nelson Mandela!
Also, will Scott Eastwood ever be anything other than the bloke in the background or to the right of frame in any film? Makes you wonder why he reneged on a prominent role in Chicago PD to continue to play a variety of screen meat.
Not as good as I had remembered, but hey - Matt Damon playing rugby.
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