Director Eastwood tells the true story of political prisoner-turned-President Nelson Mandela (Freeman), who in an effort to unite South Africa after years of apartheid joins with the captain (Damon) of the country's underdog rugby team to try to win the 1995 World Cup. Freeman and Damon are solid as two men from very different worlds working towards a common goal. And, as usual, Eastwood delivers--in this case, with the compelling tale of how a sport can pull together people for the greater good--though glossing over much of the historical figures and times. Adapted from the 2008 book by John Carlin "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation."
Clint Eastwood makes old-fashioned movies that usually deal in cut-and-dry moral situations. Personally, I find him the most interesting when he's forced to address the moral grays between the blacks and whites in films like Unforgiven and Mystic River, but, especially lately, he seems to have lost ...Read More
Fine Acting, Standard History Lesson criddic2 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.