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Invictus (2009)

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3.5 out of 10 Not as glorious as expected
Dominic from Cork, 10 May 2011
Invictus tells the tale of Nelson Mandela when he was president of South Africa leading up to the Rugby World Cup. on the flip side, Pineaar, the rugby captain, is struggling to inspire his medicore Springboks side. Invictus is the coming together of all these elements into one historic story. However, it is somewhat disappointing. Matt Damon doesnt get a lot to do and frankly, the rugby captain isnt a great character with little personality. Morgan Freeman is nearly too perfect for the role of Mandela. He lectures too much in this, every word being a part of another speech, a lot of it fluff material. Although it is mentioned quite a bit, Invictus never truly digs deeper into why or how Nelson Mandela was wrongly convicted for his lengthy Jail term. However, the film passes the time well enough although it is bound to be recognised as one of Clint Eastwood's weaker films I suspect.
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3 out of 10 Lost in the ruck
Brock from Limerick, 14 Feb 2011
I'm afraid that this just runs into yet another dissapointing sports movie.... We're given little to no background information on apartheid or the polictical backdrop to the film so anyone not knowing much about it would learn nothing (zilch) from it. I find it difficult to believe that in the midst of a significant period in history, Mandella would devote his ENTIRE focus to this tournament. We should have seen a political film with sports a second background, but in fact the roles are badly re
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3 out of 10 Falls Short
Tom from Galway, 20 Jan 2011
There have been better movies made about South Africa ("A Dry White Season"; "Cry, The Beloved Country"), and better movies made about heroic sporting effort ("Miracle") but there probably are not many that look at the efforts of Nelson Mandela to create a new South Africa using sport as the artifice. Partly biographical (bordering on hagiographical) Invictus provides reference to the origin of Mandela's personal and political philosophies from his years of imprisonment on Robben Island to na
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4.5 out of 10 Invictus
Trish from Limerick, 10 Nov 2010
Really really well done movie. Having followed both the release of Mandela & the world cup closely when they did happen this movie really shows the intensity of how involved Mandela came in the reunification of South Africa. This movie tugs at your heart but also makes you realise that people will come together for the greater good. I'm sure it was embelished in stages but Freeman interpretation of Mandela was truly magnificant. Well worth watching.
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3 out of 10 Very Hollywood-y, but still worth a look
Jason from Meath, 06 Aug 2010
Morgan Freeman is (mostly) convincing as Mr Mandela, and the story about what he went through, both before and after his release, is well told and worth watching. The rugby side of things is all a bit Hollywood though (especially the final, which feels like it was recreated in real-time), and the budget was definitely running thin when it came to hiring actors for some of the smaller parts!
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The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

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