Sunday, March 27, 2011

Movie Review: Invictus

As you can tell from the post title, I've decided to quit calling this column 'Current Watching' since I'm not really currently watching it..

So anyway, Invictus, which was originally released in December 2009, is part biopic and part sports movie, 2 really good movie genres.

It was directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the novel Playing the Enemy by John Carlin.

Its main stars are Morgan Freeman, who plays former South African President Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon, who plays the captain of the South African rugby team Springbok. Both of these actors were nominated for Academy Awards, for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

The title of the movie, by the way, is Latin for unconquered.

It starts with President Mandela being released from prison and ending with the South African rugby team winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

As far as movies go, it was a really good movie but at the same time not completely entertaining. I'm not sure how to explain that but I'll try. The story was really good. The acting was really good. Everything about the movie in and of itself was very good. But for some reason....I dunno...something was missing. Perhaps, it was just kind of slow. But I still liked it.

One thing about the movie is that it kind of got me interested in the sport rugby. I had heard about rugby. I knew that is was the sport that American football basically evolved from. But had never really watched a game or knew much about the rules of the game and what not or anything like that.

This movie got me interested in knowing more about it. It's a very interesting game to watch.

In any case, in my opinion, it is definitely worth watching and probably even worth going out and buying to watch again if you are in the mood. Just don't expect any fast paced type sports movie.

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