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Friday, January 15, 2010

[8.50/10] Invictus (2009)

Invictus (2009)

"Invictus", directed by Clint Eastwood, refuses to be your typical biopic, and that is where it is most charming. Rather than give you the typical play-by-play analysis of Mandella's life, like pretty much every single biopic ever made, they simply took a small slice of Mandella's long and illustrious career and put it to the big screen. Eastwood and screenwriter Anthony Peckham should be applauded for giving the audience a full summation of who Mandella is and what he's like, without doing this long and boring backstory, they just jump straight into the meat of the story and capture the audience from the very beginning. Though, this film isn't just a biopic, it's a sports film as well. Freeman absolutely disappears into his role as the iconic leader of post-Apartheid South Africa. This is an especially impressive feat for such a well known actor; it's not Morgan Freeman we're watching, it's Mandela. Damon does a good job as well. And while I'm no expert on accents, both sounded convincing to me. True this film is an inspirational one that's connected to athletics yet deep underneath it's more about the changing times of a nation lead by forgiveness and inner working of politics. The film moves along well as Eastwood paces the action field shots well as the rugby scenes are entertaining as you cheer for victory even though you know the Springboks are gonna be winners. "Invictus" is one of Clint Eastwood's best movies with an incredible performance by Morgan Freeman and a deep philosophy of life which should inspire all of us.

  • My Rating: 8.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 77% (6.7/10)
  • IMDb: 7.6/10

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