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A well done movie about one man's fortitude and endurance. Be sure to watch the bonus feature.
As heartbreaking as it is inspiring, Unbroken tells the story of a man who struggles through a war, through torture, and through impossible odds to become a better man than he was before. Somehow, Zamperini used his experiences to improve himself - the sequel of this movie explains that forgiveness and hope did not come immediately, but rather some time later after a spiritual revelation led him to Christianity. In Unbroken, we watch Zamperini's journey from hometown long shot to soldier to prisoner, feeling our own hearts torn as we watch him come close to breaking again and again. Yet the hope that comes from his survival will be worth every painful moment.
A few years ago I watched the cable broadcast of the interview of Angelina Jolie in reference to the back story of this movie "Unbroken". They went into more detail about how he suffered alcoholism and struggled to finally reach the point of stability and understanding with his purpose in regards to the church and God.
Since, I do not regularly keep up with movies and releases, I completely missed this opportunity until I stumbled across the documentary at the local New Tampa Library. The movie actually tells less of his story then what was provided with the interview which left me wanting more.
The movie provided all the suspense expected in a WWII movie and the strength one human soul can endure. It was hard, as always, to watch how the human body can be pushed to the limits by nature and the inhumanity of another. The way "the bird" treated Louis was solely based on breaking his spirit or the intent to. My favorite part of the movie is when he chose to suffer with his fellow prisoners of war then lie on Japanese national radio for the commodities of life. How true that story is to the actual events of the time, I will never know but it was a great scene. If only all of humanity felt this compassionate about their fellow man, we wouldn't have psychological abuse, harassment, bullying, or suicide.
I am familiar with the histories of how violent war can be based on past Vietnam Veteran studies and can say that this was no different. How far the Japanese culture has come from that time to now by understanding the spiritual ramifications of their actions and having now made efforts to resolve pain and suffering that was caused to any soldiers that were still living by flying them out to Japan is a beautiful story. I would just like to see the same understanding and acknowledgement of the actions of American soldiers on the Japanese land by nuclear weapons.
Simply amazing ! Everything...the story, the acting, the takeaway...wonderful!
This movie, based on a true story, is both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. The direction is excellent, and so are the actors. I was impressed and moved by the main character's strength and integrity.
This Angelina Jolie directed, and Joel and Ethan Coen written film, depicts the life of a 1936 Olympian runner that endures brutal conditions in a Japanese prison camp. It seemed somewhat long, but did show how the human spirit survived impossible situations, without being "broken," and bitter.
The bonus feature on this DVD: The Real Louis Zamperini, is worthwhile and has an interview and footage with the Olympian Italian American, along with the director and author of the book.
I have not read the 2010 book by Laura Hillenbrand, 'Unbroken: A WW II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption' (three years on the New York Times Bestsellers List), nor the later young adult adaption; 'Unbroken: An Olympian Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive.'
Nice film about World War II. I wouldn't exactly watch again, but it was interesting to see once.
Well made movie. Cut short, undeep, and feels rushed. It only covers Louis Zamperini's time in the 1940s and some scenes in his childhood. I do not recommend to watch this movie as a summary of the book.
Wonderful movie! I'm in awe of this man and truly inspired by his will to survive. Amazing true story is better then fiction.
Movie is well done and suitable for children in middle school and up, a true story rarely found to teach both resilience and man's will power to survive. Louie's life is indeed a life well-lived to exemplify and teach us the power of forgiveness. Angelina Jolie (as director) has done a superb job bringing this to the screen!
My child's middle school teacher has recommended this book (adapted for young adults), and I'll highly recommend the book and movie.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. High quality production great story full of human interest, based on real life events. Recommend to all.
Nov 19 2016, I am on the edge of my seat, even though I know exactly what happens. This movie is so well done, it's almost as amazing as Louis's life story......well, not really, it's pretty hard to beat a life story like that. I have to say, I will save the rest of the movie for tomorrow. It's just too tense, and I'll need some time to unwind before I hit the sack. Yes, it's that good!.......Nov 20, finished the movie, and it was one of the best movies that I have watched and enjoyed after reading the book. That said, if you can, you must read the book, (or listen on audio book), as so much was missing from the movie. This man was a walking, talking, miracle, and he spent his remaining years doing so much, and inspiring so many. (I must add that he had a little help from above for that.) So. When times are tough for me, from now on, I will be thinking of Louis. I mean.......how can you not?.......Don't forget.....read the book, or listen to the audio. You won't regret it. Oh, and don't forget to forgive.
It's hard not to be inspired by this WWII airman who survived 47 days floating in a raft after a plane crash in the Pacific, only to be found and imprisoned by the Japanese. For Louis Zamperini to live to be 97 and use his life to lend others a hand up out of trying circumstances ... Bravo! The footage with the real-life Louis after the credits rolled was my favorite part of the DVD production.
WWII story of survival, amazing resilience and redemption. A very good movie!
This is a 2014 American historical docudrama produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand.
Depicting survival, resilience and redemption, the film focuses on the life of USA Olympian and athlete Louis "Louie" Zamperini, portrayed by Jack O'Connell.
Surviving in a raft for 47 days after his bomber crash landed in the ocean during World War II, he endures an unbearable hardship and sadistic brutality.
You would love to hate Corporal Watanabe to hell.
It is a thought-provoking film about humanity and brutality.
The first half of the movie is slow and boring. The second half is very good. A very good movie. I also watched special features of an interview to Louis Zamperini. He is a great person of forgiveness.
This was a very good movie. Angeline Jolie did a very good job on it. But she could have taken out the rough language.I know the prisoners were in a rough situation but for the movie she could have left the language out.I really did love the movie though. Louie Zamperini is one of my heros.
Yes, this movie is a crippled variant of the book's contents. Eugenics, i.e. racial cleansing - its idea and practice was stronger in the 1920s and 1930s in England, USA and Canada than it was in Nazi Germany. In fact, it was said on talk radio in 2006 that Hitler sent his racial experts to America to learn. Aldous Huxley of England wrote that because the handicapped in America are allowed and helped to live, the quality of the American Stock of humans is declining. Now, who will decide over the fate of our fellows? The Christian religious groups in USA and Canada took on a prime role in this - forgetting what Jesus taught, they said they were "doing God's work" by sterilizing those whom they arbitrarily labelled as "unfit." Now, there are scary currents under the surface, but some of it is even visible - read the following article on the I-net: this appeared in The Guardian and the title is: "Revolution, Flashmobs, And Brain Chips - A Grim Vision Of The Future." Author: Richard Norton-Taylor, date: April 9, 2007. It was on front page; it's an excerpt of a Gov. Report, and in there it is said that "neutron radiation weapons can be a weapon of choice for extreme ethnic cleansing in an increasingly populated world." Read that article and the comment on it by Paul Joseph Watson at the Prisonplanet web site, at the same date. I won't write down the title here, it's too strong. Find it by the above data.
This is a pro-American movie which fails to mention that in the 1930s the eugenics movement was very strong in the US and many people were forcefully sterilized. The mentally ill, criminals, unwed mothers, the homeless, physically handicapped such as blind or deaf, masturbators, people whose genitals exceeded certain measurements were sterilized because they were thought to be inferior. In mental institutions people were given milk infected with tuberculosis and 4 out of 10 died due to drinking the milk. Many died in institutions due to "lethal neglect." 20,000 people were sterilized in California. The book covers this topic very well, but Angelina Jolie's movie is biased.
Excellent movie. Angelina Jolie outdid herself with this directing and producing. What a horrific story that touches the soul. An inside look at actual war prisoners lives.
A tremendously good (but sometimes very difficult to watch) story. With a truly lovely ending. However, I can't help but wonder how the main character dealt with the PTSD he must have had from all the years of abuse, after he finally got home, and married, etc. That's a followup movie I'd like to see. The villain in this movie (played by the very interesting Japanese rock star Miyavi) was beyond chilling, his onscreen presence actually made me feel nauseous.
Really well done. Great real life story of an actual multifaceted hero.
The plot, music, settings and acting are superb.