Thursday, June 10, 2010


A film about rugby and political issues in South Africa? *sarcastic tone* Oh count me in. I honestly couldn't think of two subjects that bore me more. But somehow, even though Invictus (2009) is about rugby and political issues in South Africa, I still liked it. I never thought I would see the day.
In his first term as president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman, who I used to think WAS Mandela) thinks of a way to ease the apartheid: set his rugby team out on a mission to win the Rugby World Cup. At first, this seems like an impossible task, but with the determination from player Francois (Matt Damon), the team might just get there.
So yeah, this film was like a Social Studies lesson, and the first half an hour was slow and boring. But it picked up, and for once I was interested in rugby. And to the dismay of many, I actually felt kind of happy about how this story ended. The film is carried by the inspired performances from Freeman and Damon, who really embody their characters in every possible way. Clint Eastwood, again, gets his hands dirty with another fantastic film...he seems to be manafacturing them by the minute these days. Unfortunately, the film is dragged down by the some of the lacklustre and boring scenes throughout, and it will probably be most likely remembered as a rugby film instead of a biopic.

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