Kudos to Angelina Jolie and the four screenwriters who took on the herculean task of taking Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken and turning it into a movie that celebrates the human spirit and depth of man’s faith.
Unbroken follows the true life story of Louie Zamperini – a juvenile delinquent who became an Olympic runner, an air force bombardier who survived a mid-ocean plane crash (spending a record number of days stranded on a life raft in the Pacific) and a Japanese prisoner-of-war who spent two defiant years being routinely tortured. Throughout it all Louie kept his brother’s advice that “if you can take it, you can make it” in his mind and in his heart. Unbroken is a harrowing tale of human resilience.
Ms. Jolie very craftily edited this huge story into a movie of manageable length while still maintaining most of the essential elements. She was careful to give Unbroken universal appeal and a PG13 rating which makes it accessible to a wide audience. For those of you who read the book you may be somewhat disappointed with the abbreviation of some segments and the omission of others. However, this epic movie, made with a relatively modest budget, does a very good job of bringing us Louie’s journey from darkness into light and his ultimate lesson – there is more power in forgiveness. LAR
Running time: 2 hours 17 minutes