Invictus

Invictus

           Invictus – unconquered (DVD)
               Genre: Drama, Biography
               Apartheid, South Africa, Rugby, Nelson Mandela
  Imagine, German reunification did not take place in 1990, but only in 2006. In that year, then, in the World Cup hosted by Germany. Then, imagine further, the German national team had emerged from that tournament as brilliant and completely unexpected winner – that would truly been a summer fairy tale. Of course this is only a construct of thought, but it illustrates the basic idea of Invictus – unconquered, the new film by Clint Eastwood. Although this is also about football, but the focus of the drama with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the lead roles is a completely different sport, which leads at best a shadowy existence in this country – it’s about rugby. How deep is the ditch in the South African society through the decades of apartheid is wrong, you see even in sports. This is particularly evident in the first settings. On a fenced playground trained a rugby team, which consists entirely of white players. Almost by chance, and apparently due only to the course of the game, the camera then acquires an additional fence, behind which a group of black football player. It is the 11th February 1990 – the day that is Nelson Mandela from his 27-year prison dismissed. And the day that marks the beginning of the end of apartheid. But four years later the country is still deeply divided, as Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), the leader of the ANC (African National Congress), was elected new president of the country – and the first black South African Government. Then the following year 1995, the Rugby World Cup was first held in our own country, Mandela sees it as an opportunity to establish a national unity and identity, which so far are simply not – not even in sports. For the “Springboks”, the South African national team, is regarded as the epitome of the old apartheid regime. Mandela knows the unifying power of sport and is pledged, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to inspire not convinced the captain of the team for his cause. Only time manages to convince, but when the team knows that it is next to the sporting success to the future of their shattered nation, the team is growing beyond itself … A revolutionary Clint Eastwood was in his directing career before. And it also changes with Invictus – unconquered nothing. Straight lines and in some moments as described in the opening sequence admirable economically told and well-staffed, is Eastwood’s new work with solid Hollywood fare claim, but without too many surprises. Sometimes you feel a little too clearly how much the characters and situations here subordinate to the narrative a great goal. The actual political and social conditions in Africa one can guess at best. Instead, the film focuses on big gestures designed in some scenes a little too big, too pregnant with meaning, and not always credible fail. Obviously, how well the example of Mandela film Goodbye, Bafana seen, the history of South African politician is too huge to imagine, in order not to succumb to the temptations of a Überinszenierung. In a few months starts well known, the World Cup in South Africa, exactly 15 years ago is it that the “Springboks” with the support of the entire nation won the World Cup in rugby. Perhaps the coup of 1995 can indeed repeat, in the favorite sport of the black majority. Whether Clint Eastwood’s new film can score at the Oscars, we do know very soon. If the competition this year is not as strong, the opportunities would be available for the extremely solid staged drama is not bad. Finally, it provides exactly the mix of big emotions, deserving actors and mild political message that the Academy sometimes decorated like a golden boy. (Paul Collmar)
  Title: Invictus – unconquered (DVD) Original Title: Invictus Country of production: USA Production year: 2009 Length: ( #) 134 (Min.) Published at: Warner Home Video format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, German, English EAN: 5051890014733 Extras: documentary, featurette, music video

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