By: Jaliyyah Hodge
Well known actress Angelina Jole shows the world the many talents she has up her sleeve by directing and co-producing America’s soon to be favorite film, Unbroken (2014). Not only does the gorgeous and passionate star bring a sense of unbreakable faith and encouragement throughout the movie, but also a deep appreciation for War Veterans like Louis Zamperini. Watching this film will surely bring out the American within you!
Unbroken is a Historical Drama, adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, that will be distributed by Universal Pictures on Christmas Day (December 25th, 2014.) The movie revolves around the struggles of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, (Jack O’Connell) an Italian-American 1936 Olympian and World War Two veteran who sadly passed away before the release of the film.
After a failed rescue mission over the Pacific Ocean, Louie finds himself lost at sea alongside crewmates Russell “Phil” Phillips (Domhnall Gleeson) and Francis “Mac” McNamara (played by Finn Wittrock, the well-known American Horror Story: Freakshow actor.) The trio, well, soon to be duo, learn to “embrace” the Japanese lifestyle by eating raw fish and fighting sharks while stuck on a raft in the Pacific Ocean for 47 days. It is then after the 47th day that they are captured by Japanese Naval Forces and are sent off to a Prisoner Of War camp in Japan. Here, Louie not only finds himself beaten and mistreated by “The Bird” (Takamasa Ishihara,) but also faces the same internal and external battle as before at sea. Survival.
This film surely does leave you at the edge of your seat, wanting more, as each minute from the 137 minute film goes by. War movies like these are not my cup of tea but this film surely does turn the tables. With its depressing yet inspiring plot, Unbroken definitely delivers the heart throbbing feeling we all expect after watching such a film.