Invictus PG-13 134 minutes C
Rugby unites black and white
Starring Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman and Tony Kgoroge
Without giving too much away, Invictus is a pleasant film if not a played out sports cliche ("David vs Goliath"). The film is entertaining and recommended for those who like a nice uplifting story and want to feel warm and fuzzy afterwards.
Morgan Freeman is great, Tony Kgoroge is underrated and Matt Damon is good (even though his performance in the Informant! was much more impressive). My problem with this Clint Eastwood film is that it's very vanilla bordering on dull. When you look at his work over the last 8 or 9 years this film is not only less personal but it feels safe and a little formulaic. The subject matter is relevant and extraordinary but I couldn't help but feel ho-hum about it all.
Invictus is based on Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation by John Carlin.