Review of Movie "Invictus" - John (Galway)

On a recent visit to Dublin, a friend and I decided to check out the new cinema at Smithfield.  The film of choice was the new Clint Eastwood directed Invictus.  The film is based on the true story of Nelson Mandela's release from prison after 27 years and South Africa's success in winning the 1995 rugby world cup.
Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman plays the role of President Mandela while Matt Damon plays Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South African rugby team.  In the film we see that racial tensions are at an all time high while South Africa itself is financially crippled.  The national rugby team the Springboks are despised and have only one black player on the team.  Mandela sees the upcoming rugby world cup which is being held in South Africa as a way of bringing people together and restoring peace.
While I am not a huge fan of rugby, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and the rugby scenes were very good.  The performances from Freeman in the lead role and Damon were very good and both have been oscar nominated.  I would give the film a rating of 4 out of 5 and would highly recommend it.

John (Galway)

Article posted on 18th of February 2010