Monday, December 14, 2009

December 12, 2009

Invictus (2009)
Matt Damon is ridiculously blonde and built and Morgan Freeman moves slowly with intense concentration - and both portray their characters (South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar and Nelson Mandela respectively) with such accuracy and grace that it's nearly impossible to remind yourself that they're actually actors. It's a true story that plays like the tensest of sports movies about the 1995 Rugby World Cup, held in South Africa after the end of apartheid where the whole country - blacks and whites - joined together to cheer their national team that still bore the colors of the apartheid flag. It's moving and thrilling and exciting. The title comes from a poem that Mandela cites as giving him inspiration throughout his time in prison. Oh, and in case anyone was curious - rugby shorts? Not hot.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars


  1. Just saw this one on Friday and quite liked it myself. It's not one of Clint Eastwood's greatest films, but is certainly a solid offering.

  2. MY very most favorite poem ever in the history of life!!!