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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.
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.
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.
Clint Eastwood, a rocksolid director, as we all know, brings us an engaging movie that shows a sober perspective of Nelson Mandela's greatness. A wise man with a clear foresight, who found that through sport, more than politics, could unite a resented and divided nation around its rugby team. This film presents a different and interesting cinematic approach on the South African matter, and that's worthy of note.
There couldn't have been a more appropriate time to watch it again. Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. You'll always be 'Invictus' and its true meaning will echo through the ages.
i dont have words to describe this movie, it's so awesome.
This really make you wonder about the choices some actors make after reading scripts.
Morgan Freeman had for so long been linked with playing the great Nelson Mandela. Everyone, myself included, had felt he would be a great choice for playing him. And after such a long wait to play him you really have to question why he chose this script? Maybe he was just so desperate to play him he jumped at the first thing that came his way.
Found the film the be dull, the storyline was well known to most however the script just feels like it wasted chances to build more on the racial tension in the country at the time. While Damon and Freeman do their best with their roles they just don't have enough to work with.
Would only really recommend if you are a big rugby fan or huge Nelson Mandela fan.
A spectacular misfire, just perfectly awful. In spite of some handsome casting, the result is flat, boring, exasperating -- the kind of trite, overblown, horrible nonsense that I hoped most filmmakers would try to sidestep, not gleefully fling about.
Eastwood usually has a gift for stylish predictability and obviousness that somehow convey interesting subtleties, but here all of his instincts are just plain wrong. And to top it all off, his mess of a movie is built around a stupid story about the brutish, ridiculous sport of rugby.
Made the year Obama took office, one simply cannot watch the film without thinking of the parallels of a polarizing black leader whose diplomacy was his hope for reaching across irreconcilable aisles. It's still it's own story, regardless, but an uncharacteristically optimistic one for Eastwood. Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman inhabit their real-life characters with admirable conviction, and the pay-off is inspiring and uplifting without being cloying or affected.
"Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole / I thanks 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 fate, 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 punishment the scroll / I am the master of my fate - I am the captain of my soul."
The year is 1990 and Nelson Mandela has just been released from his nearly 30 year prison sentence and he already has plans for his country of South Africa. After winning the presidency in 1994 he decides the best way to quell the prejudice left over from the apartheid era is to unite the people together under one flag and one nation, regardless of their ethnicity. To do this Mandela proposes that the South African Springboks, their national rugby team, win the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which is being hosted in Johannesburg. Tensions are still high between the blacks and the Afrikaans and Mandela believes that uniting the people under a singular global event will start the country on a…
It was pretty alright, what can I say.
Invictus seemed to me a film that tried to tell two stories at once, both in a satisfactory way, yet they managed to show the life of Mandela and apartheid in South Africa in an interesting way, with Clint Eastwood trying to represent the spirit of South Africa through sport. With it shown in this way, the film is to a certain taste, yet Morgan Freeman's performance can be enjoyed by all as he truly captures the legend of Nelson Mandela.
I like Morgan Freeman. A lot. This movie has some of the most poorly executed sports/competition scenes. But Clint Eastwood knew that? It's like he was making a sports movie in the 50s and a biopic in the 00s?
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