Invictus [2009]

Yesterday, I went to see the much hyped film ‘Invictus’ – which I have to confess has had me very excited over the last few weeks.

I thought that the film was fantastic!!

I am more of a Nelson Mandela fan than a rugby man myself, however this film has deftly managed to drag me away into the world of rugby and has really piqued my interest and inspired my imagination, especially with the 6 Nations going on at the moment, and also with it being exactly 20 years today – 11th  Feb 2010 – that Mandela was freed from Robben Island.

You don’t need to be a fan of rugby to see this film – if you don’t appreciate the sport itself, you are likely to be in awe of some of the fantastic “in-game” camera work that they have captured with some truly outstanding shots –  and of course there are the other important elements to the story.

The film is a bit of a halfway house between those wanting a Mandela bio-pic (such as I) and those who want a film about rugby, so I think some people could feel disappointed that a fairly balanced middle ground is reached. It is worth remembering that this film is trying to be neither of these things.

The main ‘flaw’ for me was that the  turn around of the Springbok from zeros to heroes comes by a little quickly(!), but with ‘Invictus’ running at 134 minutes I would presume that this became cutting room floor material, and is largely incidental.

The quality of acting in this film is marvellous and at times I actually forgot that I was watching Morgan Freeman – marvellous casting decision!

Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens have done a great job on scoring the soundtrack to the movie and the inclusion of ‘World In Union ’95’ really sets the thing off. The soundtrack has scarcely been off my Spotify player.

I was very fortunate that the UK première for this film happened right outside my office window on cold Sunday evening, and so I got to experience all the hype for that, in addition to seeing Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood.

Very much looking forward to this film coming out on DVD and I’d recommend it to everyone! Such an uplifting and positive movie which hopefully will ‘inspire us all to greatness’.


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.

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About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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