A black man becomes president in a country which has suffered under white rule. He’s expected to make sweeping changes to right the imbalance caused by years of racial intolerance. Instead, he urges forgiveness and keeps some of the detested hallmarks of the old regime. How can the president instill hope in a broken people? The answer in director Clint Eastwood‘s award-winning drama is to promote the sporting achievements of South Africa’s rugby team. Mostly white and unloved by the black community, they face a crucial test in the 1995 World Cup. The president, of course, is Nelson Mandela. Morgan Freeman invests him with the necessary dignity and captures the political edge un-dulled by 27 years in prison. After years of voiceovers and second banana roles, it’s great to see him take center stage. Blonde Matt Damon is the captain of the Springboks rugby team, who needs some convincing about Mandela’s reforms. Invictus may lack the stirring musical montages of Rocky IV, but this smart sporting movie is very satisfying entertainment.
Extras: The Blu-Ray/SD combo offers two “making of” featurettes and a music trailer.
- By C. Bottomley
Check out our exclusive video from the DVD of Eastwood and the cast discussing Freeman’s portrayal of Mandela.