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Worthy enough effort but not South African enough
, 8 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Invictus [DVD]  (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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