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Unbroken (2014)

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After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director:

Angelina Jolie

Writers:

Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack O'Connell ... Louis Zamperini
Domhnall Gleeson ... Phil
Garrett Hedlund ... Fitzgerald
Miyavi ... Watanabe (as Takamasa Ishihara)
Finn Wittrock ... Mac
Jai Courtney ... Cup
Maddalena Ischiale ... Louise
Vincenzo Amato ... Anthony
John Magaro ... Tinker
Luke Treadaway ... Miller
Louis McIntosh ... Harris
Ross Anderson ... Blackie
C.J. Valleroy ... Young Louie
John D'Leo ... Young Pete
Alex Russell ... Older Pete
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The life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. Only to be captured by the Japanese navy after a plane crash in the Pacific. During his capture, Louie must continue his fight by surviving through the war. Written by Tristanmerkler01

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The unbelievable true story. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,621,445, 28 December 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$115,637,895, 14 March 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,459,297, 14 March 2015
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The albatross and it being killed are plot points similar to the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". See more »

Goofs

There never was scheduled passenger service by steam train to Torrance, CA, as depicted in the movie. There was service on Pacific Electric, but you'd have to show overhead electrified wires. He may have in real life started his journey on a long-distance train in Los Angeles. See more »

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[first lines]
Phil: [in cockpit] We are here.
Cup: [over radio] At 8,000 feet. This is it, boys.
Phil: [over radio] You got it, Zamp?
Louis Zamperini: [dialing in bombing scope] Roger.
Lambert: You hit this one, drinks are on me.
Louis Zamperini: I ain't going to a bar with you, handsome. You confuse all the broads.
Mac: [wolf-whistles]
Phil: Get your cameras, boys. I'm gonna light it up like Christmas.
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References The Hill (1965) See more »

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The Themes of Loyalty, Determination, Perseverance and Forgiveness Make This Relevant to a Young Adult Audience
22 December 2014 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

Unbroken tells the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who joined the armed forces in World War II and endured tortured until the end of the war.

Although Unbroken is the third film Angelina Jolie has directed, Jolie skillfully recounts Zamperini's life. The first half weaves in and out of Zamperini's childhood and life in the Japanese prisoner- of-war camp.

Some of the cinematography is gripping, such as the scene in which Zamperini and his friends encounter sharks while they're lost in the middle of an ocean. The opening shots of Zamperini's crew struggling to stay alive in their airplane immediately engage the audience.

Despite the occasional frantic scenes, the movie succeeds best by focusing on its plot, which is intellectually fulfilling. There aren't any extraneous scenes and the story is straightforward. However, I didn't feel emotionally connected. I was looking forward to watching Zamperini develop relationships with his friends during the war. But, there isn't much of that. The ending, which is when the war finally ends, feels a bit rushed and didn't feel gratifying. Most of the film centers on Zamperini withstanding suffering. Although Unbroken is rated PG-13, there are several violent scenes in which the protagonist is beaten. I recommend it for ages 13 to 18.

Jolie's storytelling conveys the themes clearly. Zamperini was known as a troublemaker during his childhood. Yet, he worked hard to become a great runner and eventually was good enough to enter the Olympics. After his crew's plane crashes, he manages to stay alive, even despite a brutal 47 days stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When he's captured by the Japanese navy and is sent to a prisoner-of-war camp, he endures severe beatings. When he's presented the opportunity to live luxuriously in exchange for aiding the Japanese, he refuses. When the war ends, he forgives his World War II enemies and fulfills his dream by participating in a marathon in Japan. The themes of loyalty, determination, perseverance and forgiveness make the movie very relevant to today's society. As Lauren Hillenbrand writes in her book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, "A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain."

This inspiring movie is fitting for the holiday season. Reviewed by Gabriella C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.


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