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Movie Review: Invictus (2009) - 10/10 from my side!

Some movies are watched for relaxation while some are watched just for fun. For me, the best movies are which make you think. Invictus is one of them. 

Borrowing from my fav director of all times - Kubrick: 

A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.  - Stanley Kubrick
So is Invictus. Every scene of the movie makes you emotional. Makes you want to think and learn and outdo yourself. 

The movie is based on book: Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation by John Carlin and depicts the Rugby world cup of 1995 when Springboks (South Africa) 
 won in a most exciting match against All Blacks (New Zealand). South Africa was
 not even considered fit to be in the tournament and let alone win it.

The catalyst in the movie is Nelson Mandela (played by legendary Morgan Freeman) , Madiba 
- as he is fondly called by his countrymen. While incarcerated on Robben Island prison, Nelson Mandela recited the Invictus poem to other prisoners and was empowered by its message of self mastery.  
Madiba feels that 1995 Rugby World Cup will be able to build a strong nation stuck by apartheid and hatred all across as Rugby had that power in Africa. Madiba meets Fran├žois Pienaar (played by Matt Damon) and instil in him his hope of what a victory can do and in turn inspiring Francois from his own story of spending 30 years in a cell and coming out without hatred against anyone. 
Rest, as they say, is history. Springboks won the 1995 world cup and that helped South Africa catalyze into nation building process.

The movie is like a lesson of life. You can not help but fall in deep reverence to Madiba and his belief. A must watch movie. 

In my view, the movie teaches you to take giant step from being ordinary to great. It speaks of self mastery and belief in self which is needed when you just can not move ahead without doubting yourself. For me, the movie is like a prayer. Something which should be done alone and in the most sacred manner. Do that and you may experience the greatness of this thought from the movie. 

Trailer of the movie - 

And here is the poem which started the fire. You can see how much charged up I am after reading the poem some hundred times now. Decided to give myself this special memento. Invictus wallpaper :) 

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