Movie review: “Invictus”

January 25, 2010

Editor Melissa caught Oscar hopeful “Invictus” over the weekend and was completely blown away. Read why.

Thanks to a Christmas Gold Class voucher I went to see “Invictus” in style and was surprised to stumble across an inspiring, engaging and important film.

“Invictus” tells the true story of how Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team (played by Matt Damon) 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.

It is a movie about sport so it would help if you had some interest in beefy men bashing the stuffing out of each other but the film is really about acceptance and forgiveness.

Morgan Freeman is absolutely incredible as Mandela. His mannerisms, voice, walk and smile are uncannily similar and you really get a sense of what a great man Mandela is. According to Freeman, Mandela had always said if he was going to be played in a movie he wanted him to do it. And you can see why! I’ll be disappointed if Freeman doesn’t at least get nominated for an Oscar for this because I believe it’s always harder to play someone real than someone fictional.

Matt Damon is good but fades in comparison to Freeman. He doesn’t quite nail the inspirational South African rugby captain like he should but he does a great job of the accent. He bulked up big time for the role, too!

All-in-all I think this is an important film because it brings to the forefront the ongoing battle between black people and white people in South Africa and reminds us all that the only way forward is as one.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

To watch the trailer click here!

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