Fine Acting, Standard History Lesson
Reviewed by criddic2 for Invictus at 2011-03-07 19:38:06
Clint Eastwood is a great director, and "Invictus" doesn't hurt that record. It just isn't a masterpiece like "Unforgiven," "a Perfect World" or "Million Dollar Baby." It's a solid effort about an interesting event in history. Morgan Freeman is ideal casting as Nelson Mandela, and Matt Damon turns in a convincing performance as the captain of the rugby team Mandela uses as a way to unite South Africa. Worthwhile, but not great.
Eastwood is in fine form as the anti-hero reluctantly forced by fate to defend the weak and oppressed. I found the lack of acting skills by the supporting cast distracting, but the storyline and Eastwood more than make up for this.