Well, apparently we’re going to see a minor resurgence of movies about South Africa’s tumultuous history. First we saw the trailer for the fantastic looking Endgame, and now we have what will likely be a serious Oscar contender. Invictus tells the true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) worked to try to begin unifying a deeply divided country by working with Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), the captain of the underdog rugby team to get them to try to win the 1995 rugby World Cup.
Oh, and it’s directed by Clint Eastwood.
It’s a slam dunk story, to be honest. The truth is, the country was completely electrified by the World Cup run, and I vividly remember my family and friends back home going absolutely bananas about the team and their efforts. The trailer looks pretty damn good, and since Clint Eastwood long ago proved that he is literally unable to make a bad movie, it’s got some serious potential.
Here’s the poster as an added bonus:
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