Invictus (2009) - Biography, Drama, History

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5

Breathtaking

Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), in his first term as President of South African, initiates a unique venture to unite the Apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
Length: 134 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 40 out of 274 found boring (14.59%)

One-line Reviews (168)

Invictus: Some Compelling Drama .

"Invictus" isn't something the average escapist moviegoer will camp out to see; frankly, it sounds boring.

As a South African who saw this film on Friday morning, I can tell you you the entertaining, inspiring and enjoyable "Invictus" exceeded all my expectations.

This factual social activist melodrama with its liberal perspective seems rather predictable at times, but it is remains nevertheless as reassuring as it is absorbing.

The movie is pretty slow moving at the start, and though it picks up, all you want it to do is to end.

Thankfully, after that scene, the movie finally woke up and picked up the pace, and became an entertaining film.

Dripping in Good Intentions; Lacking Anything That Would Actually Make It Entertaining .

It had great scenery, and an intense Rugby match.

By the final Rugby match, the movie has built up such good-will that any predictability or confusion on screen becomes an afterthought to the joy and excitement on display.

It reminded me a lot of what I can only explain as the 'Gatorade' sequence from Spielberg's Munich, where one of the most intense scenes in the film is ruined by a goofy slow motion sequence.

The final game dragged a bit.

If you want a truly compelling, well directed movie with it's basis in Rugby then watch Invictus.

Eastwood, Freeman and Damon equals BOREFEST .

There also the Hollywood cliché of the guards overcoming their dislike for each other, playing rugby and again feeling staged.

Even with the political subtext, and even among sports movies (which themselves are usually very evocative), this is a highly emotional film.

I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

Through an excellent plot and strong story telling, it is very engaging throughout the entire film.

I had hopes that with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, it might rise above the cliché formula.

The rugby game scenes are truly well shot and put together scenes that really make you sit on the edge of your seat with anticipation of what'll happen next.

This is a very enjoyable movie.

Invictus is an enjoyable film, Morgan Freeman is great as Mandela and it's an inspiring story.

There are several instances of intense violence(the games) and brief strong language in this.

It was one of those matches where afterwards the cliché "You couldn't make it up" was frequently used.

The event itself starts to overshadow the characters, and Eastwood grasps for something a bit more thrilling with a number of red-herring assassin moments.

Clint Eastwood has done, once again (but it was highly predictable), a great job, in this unusual bio-pic, in the way the story of Nelson Mandela, being now the president of a country which had kept him prisoner for 24 years, is seen through the adventures of the national rugby team, now become the binding element of whites and blacks.

Uninteresting unless you like rugby or are South African .

The whole story of movie was so plane and predictable,but i felt movie very interesting and entertaining as it was great experience for me to see a movie based on great leader Nelson Mandela.

And the movie is very predictable, looks like a sports like Disney movie & doesn't leave any memories behind.

In many ways the film is kind of boring in that it is relatively quiet and free of any kind of loud sounds, drama, or music.

But when the movie began, it gripped so much that I was fully immersed into the scenes.

Strong themes overcome predictable plotting .

It's so fascinating to see someone reach it's goal with success, so much of belief and intelligence.

It is interesting, fast-moving, does not contain gratuitous violence or sex or C.

I find it interesting that the first real story we get about Mandela dramatized on screen is more about rugby than it is about the man, but Eastwood presents it in such a fascinating way that it manages to work as a depiction of him.

The lingering racial tension, for instance between the white and black bodyguards, is well captured, as is the slow process of the Boks realising they're more than just a rugby team.

But it made for an engrossing and interesting watch.

The film feels flat even though the subject matter is intriguing.

Dull Ghandi meets Remember the Titans and Rudi .

This is not your usual run-of-the-mill biopic, and you can trust the award winning filmmaker to weave yet another wonderful, engaging film.

The film is a winner, an awareness piece and a sports movie you've already seen that depicts a somewhat incompetent squad of sports stars coming-good, this is true, but a really engaging piece of drama told eloquently and reassuringly as if it were some kind of bedtime story.

Where it falls short is in being constantly engaging and complex.

I think there's actually a proverb somewhere that says "On one of three things a film contends for Oscars: Clint Eastwood directing, Morgan Freeman acting and a compelling historical figure as the lead role.

The temptation to make a film about someone as iconic as Nelson Mandela must have been huge, and to tie it in with a rousing story of sporting courage against the odds was likely to be a successful formula.

But Eastwood's film is thuddingly boring, not translating one ounce of the inspirational vigor this story should.

Constantly trying to throw in some type of adrenaline type shot that completely fizzles.

That Rousing Second Half is Well Worth the Long Wait .

Still, Clint Eastwood directs the heck out of this only slightly compelling script by Anthony Peckham based on the John Carlin book.

They are a bore.

2) The dialog is dull, you remember almost none of it after the movie.

Invictus is a movie I avoided for a while due to the uninteresting subject matter that was at hand for me.

What we have are inspiring speeches and many exciting rugby matches, and wide shots of crowds celebrating, all the way to its predictable conclusion.

Whatever your politics, Mr. Mandela was a fascinating man who survived an excruciating ordeal (for almost 30 years).

So unite and free yourself from the oppressions of boredom and visit "Invictus" today!

This movie may not be very accessible for those who don't understand rugby, but if you are willing to ignore that, I would consider this to be a enjoyable, uplifting movie, with some great performances.

Clint Eastwood, though always somewhat politically correct, failed to make an "artistically enjoyable" movie this time.

Enjoy this film, it's both inspirational and enjoyable.

Even though the plot is known/predictable the theme "TO UNITE THE PEOPLE" was effective from the start to the end.........

All very intriguing, all very absorbing.

The pacing was incredibly slow, with far too much padding.

If you want a good sport film go watch something like "Million Dollar Baby", Clint got it all right then and mostly wrong now but if you are bored of watching paint dry then I suppose this might be an improvement!

Far too slow, flimsy plot and uncoordinated direction.

Was it because he turned Nelson Mandela into a Yoda-like character sputtering out banal philosophy that would embarrass even the flightiest of New Age nit-wits, or even a serious New Age nit-wit like Deepak Chopra?

Unfortunately Eastwood has a deliberately slow style which is simply not suited to a story of Mandela as well as a story about a sporting miracle at the same time, when clearly he does not know how to capture the excitement of sport never mind a code of football alien and peculiar to many Americans and the mainstream audience granted how scrum shots are over-elaborated on and drop goals are excruciatingly slow-mo'd.

It is not on my number one favourites list or anything, but it was enjoyable to watch.

The inexcusably slow pace is further aggravated by a surprising lack of suspense or obstacles that even maintain the facade of insurmountability.

Inspiring and entertaining .

I left the theater mildly entertained.

We can always count on his films to be technically well made, interesting and entertaining.

The noise of the crowds also brought an intriguing feel about the sport (Barber, Freeman, Moore, & Eastwood, 2009).

It was very well directed, and has some important themes (Just like many "Oscar-bait" films, but the main difference is that this was actually good) Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman are excellent in this film, both made a incredible work in this movie, which it is not only inspiring and well made, but also entertaining and enjoyable (Not like tedious and ugly films as "Slumdog Millonaire") "Invictus" is not overrated at all, in fact, this was way underrated: It wasn't even nominated for the category of best picture in the 2010, while overrated movies as "The Hurt Locker" and "District 9" got the nomination.

The straight face and emotionless acting by damon made the movie somewhat confusing – was it a sports movie or a movie about leadership and political up-lift?

A Solid Yet Unbearably Slow Drama .

Whatever it is, this is definitely worth watching, though if you really are looking for some insight into Mandela, I guess there will be some books out who will be more helpful

Since it follows the script of what actually happened, it has a much more powerful effect than those fictional sports movies where the underdog scores in the last seconds for a stunning victory.

One could nitpick about the decision to film this "documentary style," with only limited (extremely limited) glimpses into Mandela's past, and I'd have to agree that it leaves a little bit of a hole in an otherwise absorbing movie.

Yes it's not as good as other Eastwood movies such as Million Dollar Baby or Gran Torino, but still this movie was worth watching.

This film is simply mind blowing.

One of the best movies of 2009, "Invictus," written by Anthony Peckham and directed by Clint Eastwood, takes us to a fascinating moment in modern history.

Even though it's not a perfect film, "Invictus" is still provocative and entertaining and raises a lot of questions and if a movie can generate food for thought, it ranks high in my grading system.

The reason this matters is that the movie was just really boring.

Eastwood directs in a solid and professional manner but, like the material, it is perhaps all too obvious and predictable.

For a really compelling film about one of the great men of the last and current century and the time he lived in, you must absolutely see and be informed and educated by Invictus.

As a South African, I can tell you the entertaining, inspiring and enjoyable "Invictus" exceeded all my expectations.

Two spectacular performances by Damon and Freeman made of "Invictus" a really great picture, that also has a magnificent screenplay joining together a real event story with a sport themed film (with a exciting final match in the last part).

The dawn was only the herald of the day with so many unexpected may occur.

The film is soooooo boring.

Even if, like me, you know practically nothing about rugby, this movie is still very enjoyable.

Containing no plot turns or twists and surprisingly very little emotion, it's worthwhile even though it's toothless.

However, I think it deserves a recommendation, because it is entertaining, it is well directed...

You are kept on the edge of your seat the entire match.

His presence is more interesting and entertaining than any of the rugby scenes.

The first 45 minutes about various political meetings was so boring I almost gave up!

The Rugby World Cup is not just the backdrop used to reveal character in the protagonists, but it is filmed as a thrilling sporting event in and of itself.

Morgan Freeman's portrayal of Nelson Mandela is very good though and Matt Damon puts on a decent South African accent (and certainly got in shape for this role) but the story itself was kinda tedious.

Very disappointed, the ending was like a long drawn out conversation with a dirty wall.

It's another World Cup this year, football's that is, which will be held in South Africa, but before that swings by in Summer, make time for Invictus, and you'll be rewarded with yet another fine film from a director whose craft ages like fine wine, with masterful performances and an engaging storyline.

In conclusion, Invictus is a very interesting, inspiring and enjoyable movie.

In the hands of a lesser director & writer this would have descended into cringe-making backslapping & we're-all-brothers-under-the-skin proclamations, but Eastwood is too good a director to fall for this & the slow recognition that both teams are on the same side simply develops organically, without ever seeming forced.

The film, for teenagers will be more like an educational video rather than a film, but as a college and/or high school graduate, see Invictus at home so you can skip through the 10 or 15 minutes of vague and boring moments.

Boring .

much more enjoyable if you know The story .

That is all one needs to know to see Invictus, and if you have any knowledge of modern history (which unfortunately mine is very limited), then you probably know what is going to happen, but it's the journey there that makes Invictus worth watching.

In the end the Springboks win the World Cup match with added time, scoring 15-12, Mandela and Pienaar meet on the field together to celebrate the improbable and unexpected victory, as Madela leaves and watches the South Africans celebrate, his voice is heard reciting the poem "Invictus".

Bland Retelling .

I have to say that the football is not the most engaging piece of work in the film (this is coming from a rugby player and avid rugby fan), but it's the themes derived from this film that make it worth watching.

What really sunk this film for me, though -- I mean, I rarely ever turn off a movie, and I could only handle this one for 20 minutes, after which I used FF and skimmed a few scenes along the way to see it through to the 'exciting' conclusion -- was the incredibly awful dialogue.

Even the rugby scenes shown here are uninspiring.

Plus, as someone whom knows nothing about rugby, it just made it boring watching all those scenes.

As an American who is unfamiliar with the rules of rugby, I was bored watching scene after scene of grown men groping one another without protective equipment.

The game at the end is too long.

Damon has had far better roles and in fact his "subtle" performance in this movie could also be considered quite dry and kind of uneventful.

Where the movie gets most outwardly exciting it gets more ordinary--at the Rugby World Cup.

Every character changes in a predictable direction, the movie even ends without surprise – in triumph, of course, as befits an inspiring true story.

The catalyst for this particular tale is rugby; a sport that many Americans know nothing about (admittedly, I knew little about the game going into the theater, but I did feel as if I had a better grasp of the sport as a whole when I walked out).

What could have been a riveting, though formulaic, exercise in underdog political and athletic achievement plays more like a tribute video to a country whose growth seems inevitable.

In other words, there is absolutely fascinating material on Mandela's life, and I do not think that a simple rugby match was the best way to examine it.

But, when the whole damn fool audience is cheering at the most cliché of sport movie banalities, it is easier to just flow with the crowd.

In principle it's a very compelling story (Mandela and the Springboks, writ small as it were).

inspiring and engaging .

The action on the field just soon gets tedious.

Fascinating story behind an iconic moment in sports .

I must emphasize though, that rousing second half is well worth the wait.

This one simply showed the stereotype that rugby is a brutal, pointless sport.

It is sometimes vague and boring, but mostly it is an inspirational, and entertaining sports film.

He was engrossing to watch.

Even without it, Invictus shines as a beautiful piece of filmmaking, being an entertaining film that defies convention and manages to uplift the soul while at it.

It may not be a masterpiece, but it makes for some compelling drama.

Every angle is predictable; the storyline develops the way we expect.

This film also does lack some subtlety characters just seem to immediately say what their thinking instead of conveying it through a performance despite the fact that they could have used some of the dragged out scenes to build up some more investment.

That last match of the Springboks vs the New Zealand All Blacks was very exciting.

Other than that it's an engaging film, there's some nice character development threads amongst Mandela's staff, the security forces and the Springbok players, the script is strong and there's a definite positive energy about the film, it leaves you with that sense of hope South Africa had back then.

Freeman has the sense of the wise compelling leader.

The relationships between the South Africans in this movie was a pleasure to watch it was done perfectly you understood all that these two peoples had been through and watching them gradually come to trust each other was fascinating and satisfying.

Not only has he captured the themes of the story, but also the poverty of South Africa as well as the intense rugby sequences.

Like I stated earlier, the film is close to being boring because of the lack of any loud sounds or surprise dramatic developments.

The remote should be in hand, though because at 2 hours and 15 minutes, it drags too long, and the boring and vague parts should be skipped through.

The climactic scenes of the World Cup final are actually a bit of a mess and could be confusing to someone not familiar with the game.

The film is a powerful and engaging drama; another one of those 'gentle' Eastwood entries into the directorial canon of his, as he sways against his acting 'type' of the 1970s and 80s with another film dealing with violence; bigotry and such rather than use as a means to propel stuff.

The movie drags along at a snail's pace for about an hour.

** Possible Spoiler** This is still a Cinderella story, but rather a very compelling piece one where the stakes are much more than a championship.

This movie is so dull, so lifeless, it clumsily plods along from one meeting to another with barely an emotional center at all.

Eastwood went out of his way to create a country that at the time was struggling with politics and race issues and makes you feel for the people involved in the movie and the World Cup final match is an added bonus to the intriguing scenes depicted in the movie.

Only Clint Eastwood can make a rugby match last for 30 minutes and make it suspenseful all the way.

However there are some flaws with this film and it's mainly the excruciatingly slow pace it works for the rugby scenes but outside that it's just makes scenes drag in majorly and it did bore me at time and make me just want them to get back to the rugby.

Clunky, chunky, cliché...

Invictus, a pretty enjoyable sports film.

I very much enjoyed it as I have all of Mr. Eastwood's latest.

My husband and I saw this movie yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Rugby scenes are very exciting It (to me) is a rougher sport than Soccor or American Football.

Yet I found the rugby scenes engrossing, even if I did not really understand all the mechanics of the game.

Of course the acting is top level and Clint Eastwood's direction is solid but the story itself is straightforward and often bland.

Invictus has a similar compelling story, drama, a little humor, and exceptional performances by the cast (especially Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon) who make this movie worth the time to watch.

Luckily for Invictus' predictable story, it is handled by a real master of cinema.

There are some powerful scenes in this movie, as well as some intense and suspenseful ones, and even ones that'll make you smile.

Eastwood has made an entertaining if conventional film about the South African 1995 rugby World Cup winning team and their relationship with President Nelson Mandela.

The Springboks surpass all expectations and qualify for the final against South Africa's arch-rivals, the New Zealand team the All Blacks, New Zealand and South Africa are regarded universally as the two greatest rugby nations, up to this point the Springboks are the only side to have a winning record against the All Blacks, the intense rivalry between the two countries began in 1921.

Predictable : The action/training scenes could be transposed from any college/ice hockey/baseball pitch in any number of tedious movies to the miraculously recovering South Africa .

But I feel disappointed mostly due to the lack of originality and distinction in the visual language: boring shoots, slow edition, poor camera movement, not to mention the lame dialogs or conventional sound.

Rugby is also a sport I detest because I get bored easily from it.

Eastwood's first good movie since Gran Torino (Changeling i found was very dull and boring (due to Jolie being in it)) captures the image of Mandela's first acts as president of South Africa.

Though the movie is primarily about South Africa's challenge in winning the rugby World Cup against insurmountable odds, I found the story of Mandela's emergence from prison to prominence and power equally as fascinating.

The film moves along well as Eastwood paces the action field shots well as the rugby scenes are entertaining as you cheer for victory even though you know the Springboks are gonna be winners.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

it all adds up to one engrossing,compelling experience.

Invictus will be respected and remembered personally by those who feel historical importance of the events occur in the movie,but it will also be enjoyable movie for others too from different part of the world.

The scene of the plane reaching out to wish goodluck was unexpected and great......

Knowing that the film was about a certain thing that happened during Mandela's Time as a president of South Africa dragged my attention toward the film, and that was the reason for me to watch it.

The team's players are listless and unmotivated, while their level of play is evocative of the Bad News Bears.