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.
Nelson Mandela is a South African lawyer who joins the African National Congress in the 1940s when the law under the Apartheid system's brutal tyranny proves useless for his people. Forced to abandon peaceful protest for armed resistance after the Sharpeville Massacre, Mandela pays the price when he and his comrades are sentenced to life imprisonment for treason while his wife, Winnie, is abused by the authorities herself. Over the decades in chains, Mandela's spirit is unbowed as his struggle goes on in and beyond his captivity to become an international cause. However, as Winnie's determination hardens over the years into a violent ruthlessness, Nelson's own stature rises until he becomes the renowned leader of his movement. That status would be put to the test as his release nears and a way must be found to win a peaceful victory that will leave his country, and all its peoples, unstained. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
During the film's London premiere, sisters Zindzi Mandela and Zenani Mandela, who were in the audience, were notified by cell phone of the news that their father Nelson Mandela had just died. When asked whether they'd like the screening to be postponed, they insisted that the premiere go ahead as planned. The sad news, however, was not shared with the rest of the attendees who sat through the screening unaware of Mandela's passing. It wasn't until after the credits rolled at the end of the film that co-producer Anant Singh took the stage to break the news to the audience. The auditorium lapsed into a 2-minute silence as a gesture of respect. See more »
During the celebrations when the ANC win the elections in 1994, one of the people in the crowd is wearing a South African cricket T-shirt from after 2011. See more »
I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a lonely road, and it is not over yet. I know that my country, was not made to be a land of hatred. No one is born hating another person because the color of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart.
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My loyalty as a Cineworld unlimited card holder is beginning to fade. Too many disappointments, too many remakes, not enough originality. And the January/February period is normally when the big guns come out to play; the films bound for recognition; Oscars and Golden Globes. And when seeing Mandela being advertised i -without hesitation- envisaged it being one of the highlights. Yet, it wasn't. It was monotonous. I didn't enjoy it. It was exhausting to watch and unfortunately I didn't leave feeling inspired like i thought i would.
Now, admittedly i am not exactly an expert on Mandela. I have a general knowledge about him and his legendary stature as a heroic humanitarian. But oddly enough, i wasn't too fond of the films interpretation of Mandela. As i said i am no expert and have no knowledge of every event that happened and why it happened. Of course i could research any time, but i allowed the film to try and educate me, to inform me of events. There where points in the film where i found myself unimpressed by Mandela's decisions. The film seems to put him across in a bad light at points; maybe to show he is human and he has his flaws like we all do. Maybe it's just a misinterpretation. But i hardly found myself backing Mandela in the film. That might sound extremely disrespectful, but that is my opinion on the film, not the man.
The problem for me was that it is impossible to fit Mandela's struggles and victories into a 2 1/2 hour film. So it inevitably feels rushed throughout. The acting by Ibris Elba is really good, but the whole aging process looks silly. I would have much preferred there to be another actor to play him when he was older. I mean Morgan Freeman (who i know played him in "Invictus") is absolutely perfect for the role of Mandela and it could have done with his presence i feel.
In conclusion the film did not match the legend.
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