Review: Invictus (2009)


Invictus is a biographical sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood. Based on the story by John Carlin entitled Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, the Oscar nominated picture stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, who were both nominated for an Oscar for their work. Invictus follows Nelson Mandela, as he aims to reunite the people of South Africa through the Rugby World Cup, in which the tournament was being held in South Africa.

This film will be remembered for the performances by Freeman and Damon, with the latter producing the performances resembling his work on features such as Good Will Hunting and The Talented Mr. Ripley. One aspect of Freeman’s performance that I could not look past was the impersonation of Nelson Mandela’s voice. One point they you may disagree on i’m sure, but the versatile actor’s voice is so predominant, it’s hard not to carry over in his depiction. A heart warming film nonetheless, with a plot that moves at a good pace, and with the subject matter highly interesting, Invictus is onto a winner.

I thank whatever gods may be / For my unconquerable soul. / I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul.” – Nelson Mandela