Morgan Freeman. Matt Damon. And it's based on an inspiring true story about South African president Nelson Mandela's efforts to unite his race-divided country with world championship sports. With all that it has going for it, though, the draw for us is the director's name: Clint Eastwood. We can count on one hand the number of directors whose movies we're interested in solely because of their director. Spielberg, Coen, Jackson....Eastwood. Maybe there's another one I'm forgetting right now.
Anyway, needless to say, after Invictus you leave the theater with a warm feeling, believing that there's hope for the crazy world after all. You need not know anything about rugby. Or Mandela.
So many movies--some of them great--have been made with revenge as their primary theme. It's nice to have a film like this, in which the urge for revenge is boldly suppressed rather than bloodily indulged.