For all of the meaty muscles you see in this tale of a Jewish blacksmith turned world's strongest man, Invincible can't shoulder what it promises. Set in Germany before the Holocaust, and based on the life of Zishe Breitbart, the bloated film is really a fable about an innocent's search for goodness in the world. In a seemingly smart move, real-life strongman Jouko Ahola is cast as Breitbart (he definitely looks the part).
But when his acting ability, and morals, are pitted against Tim Roth (a Jew-baiting illusionist beloved by Nazis), the fight gets lopsided. And the fact that English is the second language to many of these actors doesn't help loosen things up, either. Along the way, respected director Werner Herzog paints a faithful depiction of pre-war Jewish life. But that's the film's only strength.