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Invictus (2009)

Written By Awir Aditya on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | 11:20 PM

Genre: Drama/Biography/History/Sport

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Adjoa Andoh

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Freeman) was the first South African President to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Apartheid was in force in South Africa for a long period of time by which the white people were given powers not in the hands of the native African people. On being elected as President, Mandela realised that he must win the confidence of the white community and must remove the racial divide prevailing within the country. Rugby was a sport played by the white folk and soccer was popular amongst the black people. The Springboks was the country's national Rugby team who were consistently losing and the people were losing faith in them. The black community wanted the Springboks to be abolished. Mandela realised that improving the team and making Rugby popular within the country would solve most of his problems. He communicated this message to the Springboks captain, Francois Pienaar (Damon) who too realised that the country is dependant on them. The world cup is less than a year away and the Springboks with the help of Francois and Mandela must outperform themselves. The movie talks about superior leadership and how one man, ridiculed by half the country turned the nation around by the snap of his fingers. Morgan Freeman's exceptional performance and his precise emulation of the great President has made the movie a fantastic and highly entertaining watch. Matt Damon too is not left behind and uses the typical local accent to make the character feel more at home. The movie sadly focuses only on Rugby and Mandela's vested interest in the sport and does not explore the other aspects of Mandela's presidency. An amazing movie and worth the Oscar nomination.

Thumbs up: Fantabulous performances
Thumbs down: Does not explore other aspects of Mandela and his presidency

Rating: 8.7/10
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