Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Film Review - Invictus (2009)

Invictus is the latest film from veteran director Clint Eastwood and the story here concerns the release of South African Nelson Mandela played here by Morgan Freeman and his ascension as South African president, but there is a lot of unrest in his country and he will need the help of a local Rugby Team captained by Matt Damon to help bring South Africa together.

Being a big Eastwood fan, I was eager to check it out but wasn't sure whether it would be any good or not, and sure enough my vote is somewhere down the middle, while Freeman and Damon inhabit their characters well and the rugby matches are directed well, the film is far too long and could have used about 10-15 minutes from the beginning of the film chopped out as once Mandela was out of jail, they should have moved through the uncertainty a little quicker so that Damon could be introduced a little earlier into the film.

A small complaint but a costly one for this film, as it tallies up to a 2 out of 5.

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