Invictus – Movie review
The film tells the true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President 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.
Invictus is getting a lot of buzz because it has Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. It’s the story of Nelson Mandela based on a true story of how he basically united South Africa behind a rugby team. The performances of the two leads — of Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman Jr. are fabulous. Both of them are absolutely terrific, and you absolutely believe them, and both of them are being spoken of for Oscar considerations. Clint Eastwood directed it, but as a movie I don’t think it quite worked. You care enormously about the two figures, maybe because you know how it ends there is not a whole lot of interest until the last 20 minutes when we see whether or not the South African team is actually going to beat New Zealand. So, as a movie, I don’t think it really worked very well. As performances, fabulous. So, I will give it, on that basis, three stars.