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3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy enough effort but not South African enough, 8 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Invictus [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Two American stars get two Oscar nominations for playing two South Africans whilst a South African actor who produces an astonishing performance in another film (Shalto Copley in "District 9) gets ignored. Dont get me wrong , this is a worthy enough effort but its just not South African enough. This is an American film, with an American director and American stars. Both Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon give good performances but neither are deserving of Oscar nominations. The film is riddled with visual and historical errors, It gives the impression that a visitor can enter Mandelas cell on Robben Island, this is not the case as this cell is kept locked on normal tours. The Ponte building in Jobug has a Vodacom advert on top of it. In 1994 the advert on this building was for Coca Cola. Nelson Mandelas PA is portrayed as a black woman when in fact she was white. Even the soundtrack is written by an American who just happens to be the son of the films director, Clint Eastwood. This is South Africa for American tastes, when its good it it very good , when it is bad it is just awful. No best picture nomination and rightly so although i wouldnt be surprised if it doesnt pick up a "Razzy". A MAJOR disappointment.
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Initial post: 13 Mar 2010 16:53:06 GMT
Coming from Portsmouth would explain it! That limiting approach to life is the reason we left.
If you look beyond Cola adverts, it has so much to inspire people in all walks of life.
Maybe that's why Mandela and the rugby did inspire people and others who focus on too much attention to detail miss it!

Posted on 1 Apr 2010 08:03:14 BDT
G. Cooper says:
you should add the detailing issues to the imdb spoofs section, and instead focus on what this film did for South Africa, now the best rugby team in the world, made up of black and white players, when only 20 years ago blacks and whites were not allowed to even take the same bus.
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