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Invictus – Movie Review


Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
Directed by Clint Eastwood

Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 134 mins
Genre: Drama/ Biography
4 frames out of 5

Based on the true story of Nelson Mandela’s early years as President of South Africa, Invictus paints the tale of determination, tolerance and perseverance. For those not familiar with that period of time, South Africa’s social, economic and political climate was deeply divided and extremely unstable. When Mandela took office, he was determined keep the promises made during his campaign. One of his missions was to unite the country and what better way to bring people together than rugby?

In his quest to help unite his country, Mandela (Morgan Freeman) enlists the help of the Springboks team captain, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon). The Springboks track record is less than impressive and most of the population despises them. With encouragement from Mandela, he inspires Pienaar to become the leader he is meant to be. Hard work and determination pays off as Pienaar leads his team to compete in of the most globally recognized sporting events, the World Cup (1995). Once they arrive, will the hard work payoff and will they win it all?

As a fan of Clint Eastwood’s film, this movie is much different than his past films. Invictus is much lighter in tone and takes on the inspiring persona of Nelson Mandela – full of light and hope. In the past, Eastwood has successfully navigated heavier movies such as Million Dollar Baby, Grand Torino and Changeling, so it is a refreshing change to see a more uplifting film.

Things to watch for: Solid performances by Morgan Freeman & Matt Damon. This will definitely be a front runner during the upcoming award season.

Who should see this movie: Fans of Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood’s directorial style. Rugby Fans. Those that want to be inspired.

See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: Both would be wise choices.


December 10, 2009 - Posted by | entertainment news, film reviews, movie critic review, Movie Review, movies, new in theaters, now playing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Inspirational but not very different from other films of this nature.

    Comment by cmrok93 | January 19, 2010 | Reply

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