This week my fiance and I decided to watch Invictus. The main reason for our selection was that it was just about to start on HBO [or one of those many HBOs], and we wanted to catch a movie from the beginning.
When Invictus came out in 2009, I really had little interest in seeing it — ever. The commercials made me think it was about rugby, and that Morgan Freeman’s Nelson Mandela was a supporting role to Matt Damon’s starring one, as captain Francois Pienaar.
Boy, was I wrong!
Even the summary on IMDB is a tad misleading:
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a Russian spy… or is she?
Recently, I was upgraded on a flight and decided to watch a movie (it being free in first class and all!). I’m not normally drawn to action movies, but I remembered thinking the previews for Salt looked pretty good. And indeed, it was!
Angelina Jolie stars in ‘Salt,’ a contemporary espionage thriller about a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian spy and becomes a federal fugitive.
Angelina did a great job in the title role. She played the part well and was able to present a host of emotions — pain, sadness, shock, appreciation — and transition between them in an instant. Angelina really makes you wonder who Salt really is, and what her motives truly are.
I recommend that you rent this one if you haven’t already seen it. I enjoyed it so much, I even watched most of it again on my return flight two days later, and rented it for my fiance to see at home! (One note, the DVD includes a Director’s Cut and an unrated version, in addition to the theatrical release. I would recommend watching the theatrical release first; I liked that one best.)