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April 15, 2015

Movie Review: Unbroken


Starring: Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Takamasa Ishihara


Directed by: Angelina Jolie

BLURB: Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's ("Seabiscuit: An American Legend") enormously popular book Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini's unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.


REVIEW: This is the exceptional true story of one of the unsung American heroes who was captured and held as a prisoner of war in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. Louis “Louie” Zamperini started out a bit rough in life, although he was raise in a good Italian family he was constantly getting into trouble. But when his older brother encourages him to try out for the track team (after noticing that Louie was really fast when running from authories) his life is forever changed. Before long Louie is breaking track records in High School and College and eventually makes it all the way to the Olympics!

When WWII erupts Louie enlists and receives a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps. Louie eventually is assigned as part of the crew that is deployed in the Pacific Islands on a B-24 Bomber to bomb the island of Funafuti. During the bombing mission the plane is severely damaged by Japanese fighter pilots and has to eventually crash land.

With their normal aircraft down because of the damage sustained in the previous run Louie and several of the other crewmen are assigned to a rescue and recovery mission of a lost aircraft and it's crew while they await the repair of their own aircraft. While on the recovery mission the plane suddenly blows several engines and crashes into the ocean killing 8 of the 11 men on board leaving only Louie and two of his other crewmates (Russell Phillips and Frances McNamara) stranded in the middle of the ocean adrift on an inflatable raft that they were able to recover from the wreckage. When their VERY meager supply of fresh water and food run out they are forced to stay alive by catching rain water and what few fish they can catch and eat raw from the sea around them with their hands mostly.

The men drift for over a month on the open sea before they eventually are found by a ship… unfortunately it turned out to be that of a Japanese Navy vessel. And they are taken to a Japanese Prisoner of War camp where a new nightmare begins.

What happens next is a story of endurance, torture, deprivation and ultimately that of overcoming unthinkable odds and turning it into an inspiration. What Louie and the other Prisoners of War lived through is both heart wrenching and amazing. I do not know how they lived through all that they did, I truly don't... accept to say that their spirit and endurance was nothing short of astounding. It teaches us all that no matter what life throws at us to never ever give up! And that good eventually does conquer evil!

This is a timeless story that every American should see. Especially with the shape the world and our own blessed USA is in now a days we need this kind of reminder to help us remember what a generation of people went through to keep us free, and what is truly important! Though the film is a bit long, it is well worth the time and leaves you feeling both amazed and yes inspired. The film proves that a good spirit can truly remain Unbroken even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Either buy this one straight out or at the very least rent this one! It’s a great true story from a true American Hero!

  



Louis also has three books about his amazing life that are now available. Just click on the books below to read more about them and order your copy today...


          

Rated PG-13 for violence, war imagery, and some nudity




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