Invictus: Not Just a Film, But an Inspiration To Sport and The World

Daniel GoochAnalyst IFebruary 19, 2010

Invictus is a must see film, even if you are not even interested in rugby or sport.

Invictus tells the inspiring true and historic story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the legendary captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country.

Newly elected President Mandela can see that his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid.

He believes he can bring his people together through sport; Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Tournament. 

The film shows how the end of apartheid affects both the people at the top (i.e the government) and the people down at the bottom (children in the slums).

It's such an amazing story line that will make you think about your own life, the way you think and what you would do if you were in such situations.

Invictus is inspirational, liberating, and uplifting.

When Mandela (Freeman) becomes president of South Africa, he tries to pull everyone in South Africa closer together through the magic of rubgy.

He targets Pienaar (Damon), and teaches him to become more of a leader to his team.

They were underdogs right from the start but with the mixture of Mandela and Pienaar, they manage to get to the Final and beat the mighty All-Blacks (New Zealand) in an exhilarating, nail-biting encounter.

The match isn't just about rugby.

The apartheid was an awful policy of legal racial segregation, where white people were superior to black people.

Nelson Mandela was the man who turned around South Africa for the better. The world needs more people like him.

As I said earlier, this is a must see film. It will amaze you.