"Invictus" is a powerful political film featuring an Oscar-level performance by Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela — freed from prison and the newly-elected President of South Africa.
Looking for ways to change his country, Mandela meets with the captain of the South African rugby team, played well by a beefed-up Matt Damon.
"Invictus" dives deep into the post-apartheid politics of 1995, and spends a lot of time inside the office of Mandela. It's also a movie about one man's affection for sport, and how a winning team can actually help in the healing process of a broken country.
"Invictus" is directed with a sure hand by Clint Eastwood; he also directed "Million Dollar Baby," "Iwo Jima" and "Unforgiven." His latest — filmed on location in South Africa — makes a strong, profound statement against racism.
As a sports film about the Rugby World Cup, it's a bit repetitious -- heavy-handed but always watchable, and sometimes thrilling.
"Invictus" is a good film, a noble film, anchored by the amazing presence of Morgan Freeman.