Unbroken Review

Unbroken Review

 By Lindsey McGuirk on January 7th, 2014

Director Angelina Jolie soared to new heights with her new film, Unbroken. Jack O’Connell depicts Louis Zamperini in his incredible story of survival in seemingly impossible situations. This true story opens ones eyes to the horrors of World War II and the sacrifices our grandparents made for the good of the country.hj,

The movie is based off of the book Unbroken – A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. Jolie’s movie follows the book closely in an onscreen adaptation. The actors performance made the situations even more believable and, in some instances, hard to watch. The brutality Zamperini suffered in the Japanese POW camps exemplifies the inhumane actions of the guards toward the inmates.

Zamperini’s story is an incredible one. He participated in the 1936 Olympics in track and field where he set a record for the fastest lap in Olympic history. Then, during WWII his plane crashed killing all but three, Zamperini and two others, where they lay adrift for 47 days battling against sharks, hunger and insanity only to be rescued by the Japanese, doomed to a POW camp under the savage control of “The Bird”.

As a whole, this movie is an emotional roller coaster. It opened my eyes to the daily sufferings prisoners of war faced and made me grateful for their sacrifice. It is difficult to explain Zamperini’s inspiring story through paper. His resilience was that of an exceptional human being and makes this movie a must see.