Invictus (Film Review)
Invictus staring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, I went to see yesterday evening, well worth taking the trip to the cinema to see the film. Morgan Freeman plays the part of Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon playing Francois Pienaar the South African ruby captain.
Invictus staring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, I went to see yesterday evening, well worth taking the trip to the cinema to see the film. Morgan Freeman plays the part of Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon playing Francois Pienaar the South African ruby captain. Nelson Mandela was released from prison on February 11th 1990. People forget that when Nelson Mandela came to power at a time when his country was bitterly divided.
True story of how the new president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela first major step towards white and black South Africans living together in acceptance. Nelson Mandela as newly elected President of South Africa believes that through the world of sport he can reunite his country
The movie revolves around the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Mandela’s attempt to unite South Africa behind its rugby team. With less than a year to go before the world rugby championship, South Africa is losing every match they play. Nelson Mandela sees this opportune to reunite his country if they, the rugby team can win the championship. 1995 saw South Africa as the underdog in the World Cup Championship and how they overcome their differences as a team and a country.
Directed by Clint Eastwood the film is outstanding, it really is a true story of epic proportions yet it’s told with an intimate feel. Clint Eastwood has done another great movie. Not only has he captured the themes of the story, but also the poverty of South Africa as well as the intense rugby sequences. There are some powerful scenes in this movie, good acting from Freeman who does a difficult job of impersonating such a well known figure. An outstanding performance too from Matt Damon playing the ruby captain who I believe was born there in South Africa.
The film reeks with great moments: Pienaar visiting the cell where Mandela spent more than 20 years of his life. Mandela develops a relationship with team captain Francois Pienaar playing the role of mentor and motivational coach. And that famous hand shake we see in the film really does speak a lot.
If you have time to see this wonderful film, it’s 2 hours and about 15 minutes long. It is well worth going to spent a few hours watching this film. Great movie, great story, great acting, great cast, great direction. Highly, highly recommended.
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