INVICTUS - conquered me. Grade: A. (Based on advance VIP press preview on Monday Dec. 7, 2009)

Written December 11, 2009
Invictus, latin for 'unconquered', is a 1875 short poem by English poet William Ernest Henley. The last two lines of the poem are... "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." Invictus is also a 135-minute movie based on the non-fiction book by John Carlin - Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation, and chronicled Nelson Mandela's life from 1994-1995 - focusing mainly on his inspiring and successful attempts to racially and politically depolarize plus unify the South African nation with the help of South Africa's underdog rugby team, Springboks. Director Clint Eastwood was charged with the difficult task of weaving politics and sports while presenting a portrait of a gentle, wise, and humanitarian leader. He succeeded in crafting a well-told story - with excellent production values - that is fresh, entertaining, educational, inspiring, and yet - not at all 'preachy'. VERDICT: ROUSING, INSPIRATIONAL, POWERFUL. Go See It!!
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Rugby is a hooligan's sport played by gentlemen.

By movies-4-me
Written December 08, 2009
Clint Eastwood's latest is a solid, if fairly formulaic sports film, with the politics and philosophies of possibly one of humanity's greatest leaders wedged in. The movie follows Nelson Mandela (played by the always great, Morgan Freeman) from the day he's released from prison (after 27 years), to his first year as President of the newly democratized South Africa. Beyond the opening of his arms to his opponents and former-oppressors, he believes that the gap in race relations in his country will be solved by the nation's rugby team winning the World Cup. I don't know that this movie will garner the acclaim that Eastwood's been getting of late-though Freeman's a shoe-in. The score in places is ill-suited to the story, but, it's a heart-warming, and uplifting story; that might actually fit right in with the hit The Blind Side (which I haven't seen). But, for a night out at the movies - even with the whole family - there's worse things you could do than go see Invictus.
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Five Word Review

By secoote
Written December 13, 2009
No word can describe Invictus
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What movies are all about.

By jay247
Written December 12, 2009
This is a "Must Go" movie. It is a beautiful story of human conflict and choices. It is a story of how, from the deep shadows of darkness can come forgiveness and healing. Wonderful movie, Clint Eastwood did it again. Two Thumbs up for: Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
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By kwkurtz44
Written December 12, 2009
1st off to the guy who said it was not worth his time and a waste of money. I can only assume your a Frddy Kruger Fan, But, then I would think it hard to find even a Freddie Krueger fan, that would not appreciate exceptional film work when they see it. When I saw the Queen, I walked out of there thinking, if she doesn't get the Oscar for that performance there is no justice. That is how I felt about Morgan Freeman after walking out of Invictus. I saw the film in a theater in a predominently white suburb north of Georiga, I am white also,, the audience consisted of mostly "red necks". I counted at least 5 men in my immeidate vicinity wiping tears from their eyes. Mr. Eastwood, when you can make a red neck cry over a Black hero, you've done your job. I'm a big fan of DeNiro also, and I hear that his perfromance in his new movie "Everybody's Fine" is aolso Oscar Worthy, so I will make no predictions yet. But, Freeman is a cinch to be nominated, as I am sure Eastwood will be
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