When Nelson Mandela is elected president all South Africans know it means change. But what kind of change is in store? For some the presidency means hope, that Mandela will bring about the equality the area is so lacking, but for others the election has escalated racial tensions by equaling the bar. It is this battle between fear and hope; the essence of what Mandela must overcome, which leads him to the unlikely medium of sports.

A film for a wide range of viewers “Invictus” covers the topics of politics, sports, humanity, history, and a country’s struggle to redefine itself both internally and to the world. It is funny, emotional, honest, and dramatic bringing more to the screen than one expects walking into a movie theater.

Furthering the appeal is a cast who genuinely shines. Morgan Freeman melts into the role of Mandela. He is not just convincing but manages to become one of the greatest leaders in history in voice, manner, and attitude. Matt Damon also stars as the fully convincing South African rugby team captain, a character who must battle between the racism he was raised with and the country/sport that he loves. The marvelous role managed for a little less than two hours to make me entirely forgot about Jason Borne and that is really saying something.

The film presents a view of Mandela that is not often seen, entering topics such as his personal struggles, and illness. Set among the varied landscapes of South Africa, “Invictus” displays the dynamics levels that define the country: beauty, devastation, and hope.

A thought provoking, inspiring tale about a part of the world too rarely discussed by American audiences “Invictus” is a film that will have people talking. As one of the best dramas of the year you can also bet that the Academy Awards will welcome the film with open arms.