Unbroken is a story about Survival, Redemption, and Resilience. It was also very inspirational.
Unbroken, which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Lauren Hillenbrand, chronicles the extraordinary life of Louie Zamperini (played by Jack O’Donnell), who grew up as the hell-raising son of Italian immigrants, ran for the U.S. at the 1936 Olympics, and was shot down over the Pacific in WWII. Only three people survived the crash, Zamperini,Francis “Mac” McNamara (played by American Horror Story: Freakshow Finn Wittrock) and John Fitzgerald (played by Garrett Hedlund.) All three of the men was stranded at sea for 47 days, surviving on fish and faith.
When they were finally rescued, things just gotten a lot worse. They were found and captured by a Japanese warship. They were taken to several different Japanese prisoner war camp where a sadistic warden called “The Bird” (played by a brilliant Miyavi) roamed. The brutal beat down scenes between Bird and Zamperini made me watch in horror and actually shed a tear. There is this one scene in the movie where I stood up and yelled STOP even though it was just a movie. It was just brutal to watch seeing this man getting seriously hurt.
Director Angelina Jolie has done a great job in bring the realism to the movie. She also does a great job in delivering Mr. Zamperini (who sadly passed away before the movie premiered) story and made us realized that you can’t give up in life despite the situation. The most underrated/best part of the movie was the screenplay. The Cohen Brothers did a fantastic job in writing this inspirational story. Both Joel and Ethan Cohen, who are known to create excellent screenplays delivered an epic story.
Despite the story being so well written, the acting was surprisingly disappointing. Jack O’Donnell played a decent Zamperini. At times of the movie he played the role brilliantly and other times I feel like he gotten lazy with it. The show stopper of the show was Miyavi. He played the perfect sadistic Japanese warden. He was ruthless, angry and just had no regards towards human life. He didn’t had much lines in the film but his brutal actions made him a star.
Overall, this film was great. It could have been better if the acting was good. If you a movie-goer who just love a great inspirational story then this is the movie for you.
This movie will teach you one thing: Never Give Up. Don’t You Ever Give Up.
From the best line in the film: A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.
Movie Rating: 7.0 out of 10