Invictus

Clint Eastwood directs Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in this uneven movie that’s part compelling biopic and part boring sports movie. Freeman is perfection, and the movie is intriguing when dealing with his struggles to unite South Africa as its first black president. Things start to go out of focus when the movie switches to rugby, as the country’s team fights to win the World Cup. This is an inspiring story, but Eastwood takes the life out of it with tedious sports sequences. Matt Damon has fine moments as the team captain, but I kept wishing the movie would go back to Mandela, who becomes more of a spectator in the second half.

Credits

Director:

  • Clint Eastwood

Cast:

  • Morgan Freeman
  • Matt Damon
  • Tony Kgoroge
  • Patrick Mofokeng
  • Matt Stern
  • Julian Jones
  • Adjoa Andoh
  • Marguerite Wheatley
  • Leleti Khumalo
  • Patrick Lyster
  • Penny Downie
  • Sibongile Nojila
  • Bonnie Henna
  • Shakes Myeko
  • Louis Minaar
  • Danny Keogh
  • Dan Robbertse
  • Robin Smith
  • David Dukas

Producers:

  • Clint Eastwood
  • Lori McCreary
  • Robert Lorenz
  • Mace Neufeld
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Tim Moore
  • Gary Barber
  • Roger Birnbaum

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