• Invictus (2009)

     When I first saw this movie come in, I honestly didn't think much of it.  It looked like one of those generic sports movies that are constantly released.  After hearing some customers talk about it though, I started to actually look forward to renting it (I can't rent for 3 weeks after a movie is first released).

    I brought it home thinking it was going to be a soccer movie with political undertones.   I was definitely surprised.  The movie was primarily political, with rugby as the side focus.  The acting was top notch though, with Morgan Freeman playing Malcolm X.  It was a little strange hearing him with an accent, but he did a really good job of it. 

    It's a slower movie.  Don't pick it up expecting a lot of action.  Some of the rugby scenes are pretty amazing, but coming from a stupid American like myself who has never seen a real rugby game, I could just be amazed at nothing special.

    So if you are looking for a good story, this relatively accurate account of the life of Nelson Mandella after his prison time should provide a good hour and a half of entertainment.

    Invictus earns a 3/5 for being an excellent drama movie, but still being a bit slow.

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