Invictus

2009

Action / Biography / Drama / History / Sport

113
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 135834

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Cast

Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar
Scott Eastwood as South African Springbok
Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela
Gideon Emery as News Announcer
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by riley-16856 2 / 10

Far too slow, flimsy plot and uncoordinated direction.

I had high hopes for this movie, I really did. Morgan Freeman always delivers his lines beautifully, but even he couldn't save this train wreck. The pacing was incredibly slow, with far too much padding. While supposed to be inspiring, it only succeeded in being a stereotypical underdog story with no real backbone and meat to it other than a flimsy plot of restoring the unity of South Africa through rugby. I was ultimately very disappointed with this movie, and although the performances of the actors were on point, the writing and direction left much to be desired.

Reviewed by lou-242 9 / 10

An inspiring story...do also read the source book

The story of perhaps one of the most unlikely outcomes in my lifetime - Nelson Mandela, a black man jailed for "terrorism" in ultra racist Apartheid-era South Africa, becomes its president. This movie is really pretty good, but for the real-world version of this significant event, do read John Carlin's "Playing the Enemy" to see how even more unlikely and miraculous was this turn of events. The "People who liked this also liked..." section of this IMDb review should include "The Color of Freedom" (2007)..."the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela." With Joseph Fiennes as the prison guard and Dennis Haysbert as Nelson Mandela.

Reviewed by zkonedog 6 / 10

Don't Expect Past Eastwood Greatness...But Still Okay

Whenever I see the name "Clint Eastwood" associated with a new moving coming to theaters, I automatically think of such incredible films as Million Dollar Baby, Changeling, and Gran Torino. Perhaps I am just spoiled by Eastwood's spotless track record, but that is the reality of the situation. With that in mind, Invictus does not live up to the billing...but it still is a very honorable effort.

Basically, the film takes place primarily in the country of South Africa, where Nelson Mandela (played superbly by Morgan Freeman) has come to power and is striving to bridge the gap between blacks and whites after decades of apartheid rule. Mandela seizes upon the country's terrible rugby team, stocked primarily by high-brow, burly white men, as a symbol of unity for the country. He tabs Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) to captain the team and make them respectable (if not a whole lot more) heading into the World Cup. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now, I can't say that this film was outright bad in any way. The race-relations message is one that resonates, the rugby team is certainly inspirational, and the acting is pretty good as well, led by the remarkable Freeman as one of the world's most storied leaders. Yet, unlike "Torino" or "Baby", the word I would use to describe this film is "understated". Instead of walloping viewers over the head with such heavy topics as euthanasia, religion, or death, in this effort Eastwood takes a much more low-key approach. There is drama, yes, and plenty of inspiration, but it just doesn't feel as epic as it could have been. Whether this was Eastwood trying to "follow the facts" as much as possible, or the real-life story just not providing the high drama of a fully scripted film, I'm not sure.

Thus, if you are heading to the theater expecting utter greatness like I was, you will likely leave disappointed. However, if the topics/events/times in the film are of significant personal or cultural importance to you, then Invictus will automatically garner a five-star rating for its factual portrayal of the events that transpired.

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