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Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 134 Minutes

Release Date: 11-Dec-2009

Nudity: None

One Sentence: It is the name of a poem. 


I am not a rugby person, I have never watched it, or really know the rules.  I feel I should say that here at the beginning before I tear this movie apart.  I am also not a football person, and love most football movie I have seen.  So that is something also to think about.

My friend who is a rugby coach and player told me he is so excited about this movie.  That, this story and game is one of the best in the world of rugby and he was very excited about that the story is being told.  I scrunched up my face and told him, I am sorry but this movie was a horrible sports movie and an even worse political movie.  I really don't know which Clint Eastwood was going for but it wasn't good either way.  

Invictus seems to fail at telling a good story about Nelson Mandella's presidency or, according to my friend, one of the best rugby world cup games of all time.  It seems to me that when you have that type of story, where statements like that were made about a game, or about a man who has won a Noble Peace Prize for the things he has done in the world at least one of the two stories could be slightly interesting, but that did not happen with Invictus.  Instead we are stuck with hints of things that sort of happened during this time in South Africa, and none of it is told in a way that makes anyone care about it.  This is especially painful when the movie is over 2 hours long. 

Invictus, I think is one of those attempted Academy Award movies, some things I read seem to hint at that, but nothing in this movie is worthy of mention.  If it isn't worth mentioning it also is not worth your money, not even on the rental.  Clint Eastwood had made some great movies, but Invictus is not one of them.  I do not recommend this movie in any way to anyone, even my friend the rugby player. 

2 Stars 

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