Starts off interestingly enough with a few different viewpoints (the bodyguards one was unexpected and most interesting for me), but soon deteriorates to a run-of-a-mill sports movie. You know, the kind where team wins against all odds and in the process unites the nation. I don't believe the truth is anything that beautiful. Unoriginal and unimportant movie that I believe is fairly entertaining only because Eastwood is a good director.
It starts off by telling a good true story but as it progresses the last 3/4 of an hour are a rugby game. It's fortunate I didn't know what actually happened or I would probably have been bored by this point. Morgan Freeman plays a good Nelson Mandela but it is hard not to see him as Morgan Freeman. But the overriding factor is that this is a story of a great man.
The main reason I liked this movie was because of the acting of Morgan Freeman. Him playing the role of Mandela was amazing. Matt Damon acted well, but its hard to come out of the shadow of Morgan Freeman. I was disappointed by the way movie panned out, it was neither a political nor a sports movie. The movie tries to be inspirational movie but just doesnt make it there as it attempts to be political at times. Its a decent movie at the end. Its not a movie that i would strongly recommend.
Summed up by the trailer for the most part, Invictus seems unable to truly justify its length, relying on somewhat cheap non-conflict (oh no, the Mandela's black bodygaurds don't trust the white ones) and rugby struggle (without ever giving any insight into the sport) to expand the scope of the story. All the same, the old moral adages of forgiveness and unity have the added weight of Mandela's bio and Morgan Freeman's performance, combined with the simple pleasure of rooting for the underdog.
There might have been no better time to cinematically document post-Apartheid South Africa's heftiest, most tonical sporting achievement than just prior to their staging of another top sports competition (the 2010 FIFA World Cup), but there most certainly could've been a better way to do it. Alternately banal and touching, Eastwood's Invictus is entirely too simplistic and to-the-point. To paraphrase its primary character (played indelibly by Morgan Freeman), the film has "no sense of occasion."