Invictus (a film by Clint Eastwood)

‘From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. 

 Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. ‘  Invictusmovie, WarnerBros website

This film is amazing.  Matt Damon, whilst a lot shorter than Francois Pienaar, whom he portrays,  seems to have really got into his character and has taken to the game of rugby in a way hard to imagine that Americans could.  The film shows how Mandela inspired Pienaar to take rugby to all South Africans, not just the white South Africans who had hitherto dominated the game and ultimately bring the country closer together.  It also shows the journey the South African team make as they progress from poor performers to  successful winners.  As a non-rugby player myself, it did help going to see the Saracens play Worcester Warriors at Wembley just before going to watch the film!

Have you seen it?  What do you think? Please leave your comments here…