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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.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Item model number : 61131443
- Director : Angelina Jolie
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 18 minutes
- Release date : March 24, 2015
- Actors : Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Takamasa Ishihara
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Studios
- ASIN : B00HLTDC9O
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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My only criticism is that Jolie fails to get to the ultimate point of the story and the ultimate meaning of the protagonist's life. After the war the hero went home and experienced tremendous personal problems, including alcoholism, until he found religious faith and embraced forgiveness as the cure to his emotional pain and suffering. There are brief references to this metamorphosis at the film's conclusion, but removing them from the dramatic telling of the story just flat out misses the point. It is this ultimate evolution to a loving, forgiving human being that is the foundation for his becoming and remaining Unbroken.
Perhaps it is Hollywood's discomfort with religion that caused Jolie to de-emphasize this element of the tale. But it is a mistake that make the film a bit depressing. A few less beatings and a little more redemption would have made this a more uplifting film.
Semi-spoiler warning if you read on...
Admirable: he didn't agree to say nice things about the prison camp in exchange for better circumstances. The most interesting part was when they were stranded on the ocean for several weeks. But even there... I didn't understand why the least-hurt guy died - from a bad attitude? It was difficult to watch/endure the whole movie, always hoping it would get better. It never did.
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'Louis' (Jack O'Connell) is a member of a U.S Bomber Crew during WW2.
Early on he reflects upon his early life during which he could have taken a very different path, however his brother encouraged him
to be all that he could be, and we, if but briefly follow his journey leading to him becoming a competitor in the 5000 mtrs - Event in the
1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
The Bomber Crew are given a rescue mission during which the plane experiences engine failure they come down in the Ocean below.
There are only three survivors 'Louis' 'Phil' (Domhnall Gleeson) and 'Mac' (Finn Wittrock) seemingly stranded with little chance of
After bobbing about aimlessly in the two life-rafts surviving by catching the odd fish and collecting rain water in the Shark Infested waters
for over seven-weeks 'Louis' and 'Phil' are rescued.......but not by their own, they are picked up by a Japanese Patrol-Boat and taken as
prisoners of war.
After being submitted to brutal punishment at the hands of their captors to extract information they are taken with others to a main-land
prisoner of war camp.
The camp Commandant known as 'The Bird' runs a strict and brutally cruel regime frequently giving 'Louis' more than his fair share of his
sadistic attention.(The 'Bird' evaded punishment for war crimes and in the spirit of forgiveness was eventually pardoned by America for
'Louis's' determination, courage and faith and will to survive will be put through a severe test.
This is an often moving and intense film which often graphically depicts in some measure the conditions and horror of the reality's of the
Japanese Prisoner of War Camps and Work zones endured by 'Louis' and fellow prisoners during WW2.
As the allies gradually gained the upper hand in the conflict we do during a forced-march see the devastation caused by bombing on the
'Louis Zamperini' achieved a life-long ambition to run again at an Olympics at the age of 80 as a Olympic-Torch carrier, it was the 5th time
he'd been able to do so.......he died aged 97 in December 2014.
Special Features -
* Deleted Scenes
* The Fight of a Storyteller
* Director Angelina Jolie
* Inside Unbroken (50 years in the Making)
The first one is the main character and his true story. There is little to say about that true story. Louis Zamperini is what we call a hero. He managed to go through and survive some absolutely unique and insane situations in which he was made to suffer for the pleasure the torturer was getting out of it, that pleasure which compensates for all the frustrations you can imagine. All torturers are simple people in everyday life but they are deeply frustrated or alienated because they could not do what they wanted to do and some others than themselves have been able to do it. They have to take some vengeance and get even with those who dared do better than they did. A sadist is always a failure who is turning his failure into success by getting even with those who were not failures, with those who had the guts to succeed while he, himself, did not have the brain to even imagine how to succeed.
But this approach of the film is not very interesting. No one admire Jesus because he accepted to suffer for us. We admire him because he managed to forgive his torturers.
The second approach is the distance this film creates with WW2. That was an event that was a long time ago and Louis himself is demonstrating that living in the spirit of the war, in the desire to come even with those whom we fought, in some vengeful way or even in some due payment for the suffering they imposed onto us, is absurd and insane.
The film shows that strength is inside and that strength dictates we forgive them afterwards and we try to stand up to them or in fact very often down to them, even if that costs us our own life because dying would be a victory since we would have forced them to sell their soul and their sanity to the devil and to absolute oblivion, human annihilation. It is this strength that enables someone who is unjustly convicted of a crime he did not commit, or of a crime that was never committed, to be strong enough to survive as long as possible and to submit to the final ordeal in dignity. Look at your executioner in the eyes and dare him to be proud of what he is doing in front of God, a committee of one thousand people from all over the world, or simply his mother and father, sister and brother, and let him have the power to tell his own brother he would do the same to him in a similar situation. Why not his father or his mother?
That’s where the film is strong. The final image of the room of the sergeant who ran away leaving behind a picture he should have cherished of himself as an infant with his father. He was not in such a hurry that he forgot it. He just let it behind because he couldn’t let his father know he would have done the same thing to him if the situation had required it. He knew he was an unworthy son of his own father, that he had betrayed his faith and his hope in him. And that’s the worst part of a defeat.
Apart from that level of empathy, the film is beautifully acted and poignantly set up and directed. You cannot resist some scenes because they are stronger than what you way imagine as the maximum you can decently bear. Louis Zamp’ carried his beam just as well as Jesus carried his cross. We all have a cross to carry and it is by carrying it we can hope to reach some remarkable level. There is no future to those who want to have it easy all along the way. I can only tell the younger people I know and who seem not to realize that their dream is after a long path of hard efforts and stiff suffering that they are confused: their future is in their hands and that will require them to soil them and to harden them and even to scar them a little. Louis Zamp’ shows us that simple truth with the power of an unfailing faith in what strength can bring.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU