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Invictus trailer online

Invictus.jpgThe trailer for Invictus, the film from Clint Eastwood starring Morgan Freeman as President Nelson Mandella and Matt Damon as Captain of the South African rugby team Francois Pienaar, has arrived online, and it's looking rather rousing, as most Eastwood films do.

Freeman looks set to deliver a blistering performance, and there's every potential for Damon to do the same. The name of the film? Oh, that comes from the poem from William Ernest Henley and that line you'll hear in the trailer “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

The film is set at a difficult but promising time for South Africa, when Nelson Mandella had been released from prison and had become President of the very same country that he once fought. Now he was set with the challenge of how to unite the people and bring them together from their segregated past, and that opportunity presented itself through something rather unexpected, the South African Rugby team and the upcoming World Cup.

Mandella fought hard to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, and when he got it he made sure that the team captain and the team realised just how important and momentous this occasion would be.

Here's the blurb that comes with the trailer for Invictus:

Invictus tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

It's a great cast and with Clint Eastwood directing it will be smooth and allow the full force of the characters and the actors performances to come through. This film will undoubtedly be rousing, just as the trailer is.

You can also see the trailer over at Apple Trailers in high definition.

An Oscar for Morgan Freeman do you think?



Clint Eastwood intentionally chose an anti-God title for a film about a Christian
The Invictus poem is anti-God secular humanism. Invictus was a favorite poem of Timothy McVey who wrote it out just before his execution.

Mandella was a Christian. This movie title is a slap in the face to Mandella. It was his faith that carried him through his difficult life.

The movie title should be based on the poem by Dorthy Day, My Captian. Dorothy Day was a follower of the beliefs behind Invictus until she became saved and saw the ugliness of the Invictus beliefs.

My Captain by Dorothy Day

Out of the light that dazzles me, Bright as the sun from pole to pole, I thank the God I know to be, For Christ the conqueror of my soul.

Since His the sway of circumstance, I would not wince nor cry aloud. Under that rule which men call chance, My head with joy is humbly bowed.

Beyond this place of sin and tears, That life with Him! and His the aid That, spite the menace of the years, Keeps and shall keep me unafraid.

I have no fear though strait the gate, He cleared from punishment the scroll; Christ is the Master of my fate, Christ is the Captain of my soul.

Forget everything else you've written, your title has it wrong from the beginning.

Eastwood chose a film about how Mandella used sport to bring the nation together, and how the team used that intensity of support and focus to win.

Apparently Mandella used lines from the poem for inspiration while he was in jail, religion to the side, poetry is about inspiration.


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