I recently saw Clint Eastwood’s Invictus and I was both inspired as touched by the film. Set in South Africa, it is about the time that Nelson Mandela is in his first term as the country’s President. As the land is torn by the apartheid, Mandela uses the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite the South African people.
The film is mostly about how Mandela inspires the South African Rugby team to become the world champion. But in the meantime we get to see how Mandela being president affects the country. The white people call him a terrorist and the black people thinks he’s a hero. Nelson Mandela must have been a very strong and ambitious man to unite these two groups despite of his past. One powerful quote:
“Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.”
In the beginning we see how the white people think they all ‘get the sack’ now Mandela is the President. That’s why I thought it was nice to see that Mandela himself attracted four white guys to his security team. But overall it really is an inspiring sports film. As someone without any knowledge of rugby, it was very entertaining to figure out what was happening in the Arena. Those moments were well visualized.
Morgan Freeman’s performances as Nelson Mandela were phenomenal. All of his motivational speeches came from the bottom of his heart. But also Matt Damon as the team’s captain Francois Pienaar, did a great job! Except for his accent. I don’t know how the people talk in South Africa but probably not like Damon did. The film got some truly heartfelt moments that gives justice to Mandala’s legacy: the bus drive, the sport-clinics and the trip to Robben Island. However, the focus is every time more on the sport and the athletes. How do they deal with everything they see?
It’s no wonder the South African team actually won the World Cup. But to think that this victory would benefit the country on the long-term, is sadly not the truth since apartheid is still existing.
Overall, this is a typical sports film with a touch of political influence. How to become the best, when you’re in fact the worst? Inspiration by a great leader.
“I thank whatever gods may be, for my unconquerable soul. I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”