Gist: Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, 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. Mandela with his humility, wisdom and forgiving nature turns South Africa into a land of love from a land of bitter racism!
My Thoughts: Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, nominated for Best Actor in a Leading and Supporting Role repectively, is truly deserved! Check this out… Morgan Freeman nominated for a “Leading” Role… Yep! He plays one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen… Nelson Mandela. Once you start watching the movie you will quickly notice his very raw African accent, just like Mandela. Matt Damon plays the Captain of the South African Rugby team that shocked the world by winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup! South Africa was known now, finally for all the good reasons. Matt Damon gives a pleasingly calm and composed performance.
The film in longer that the usual 2hr English movie… but worth the time! If you have been a Class Representative, School/College Leader, or any leader, or even if you haven’t and want to be a leader in the future, watching this movie is the first thing you MUST MUST do. I say, this movie MUST be shown to all leaders in the schools and colleges and even in the Parliament! I got goosebumps more 6-7 times during the movie, has got great moments, and a very realistic touch. Please watch it.
My Rating: 8.5/10
Here’s the poem which is the essence of the movie:
Invictus – by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.