Invictus (2009)

invictus_3634“I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”

Invictus, William Ernest Henley.

Los Juegos Olímpicos de Berlín, el Mundial de futbol de Italia en 1934 y el de Argentina en 1978, la toma de las instalaciones de Luz y Fuerza justo después de que México consiguiera su pase al próximo Mundial: el deporte siempre ha sido usado por la política como instrumento de persuasión debido a su gran poder de convocatoria. Invictus (2009), dirigida por Clint Eastwood y protagonizada por Matt Damon y Morgan Freeman habla de uno de esos casos: el del equipo sudafricano de rugby en el Mundial de 1995; sólo que esta vez el deporte es usado como un factor de unión.

El año es 1995, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) busca terminar con las secuelas de 50 años de apartheid y unir a la población negra con la blanca. Mandela decide usar al equipo sudafricano de rugby, poco antes del inicio del Mundial en Sudáfrica, y consigue la ayuda del capitán del equipo: François Pienaar (Matt Damon).

Es una historia sencilla pero poderosa. Las actuaciones de Matt Damon y Morgan Freeman (Freeman se luce en su representación de Nelson Mandela) le dan fuerza al argumento. En sí la película es un homenaje a Nelson Mandela y Freeman usa todas sus dotes histriónicas para que en algunos momentos parezca que se está viendo un documental sobre la vida del ex presidente sudafricano. De la misma manera Clint Eastwood le da un uso magistral al poema “Invictus” de William Ernest Henley a lo largo de la película.

Lo único criticable de la cinta son algunos problemas con el tiempo, lapsos que parecen no tener gran relación con la trama y que parecen estar sólo de relleno. Además de esto, la película tiene varios descuidos históricos como la aparición de edificios que no estaban en ese tiempo y otras imprecisiones. En la historia real, por ejemplo, no se usa el poema de Henley sino un fragmento del discurso “El hombre en la arena” de Theodore Roosevelt.

No hay necesidad de profundizar en el argumento de Invictus pues el poema de Henley, un inglés que luchó toda su vida contra la tuberculosis, describe la película a la perfección:

“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul”.

“Ya no importa cual fue mi camino
ni cuantas culpas he acumulado.
Soy el dueño de mi destino
Y mi alma yo mismo he guiado”.

Invictus se estrenó en Estados Unidos el 11 de diciembre del año pasado y estará en carteleras mexicanas el próximo 29 de enero.

RL/CC

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