Unbroken (An Angelina Jolie film) 2014 PG-13
UNBROKEN is a movie about 1936 Olympian, Louis Zamperini, a prisoner of war who chose to forgive his captors. The actors are very convincing and I felt the agony of the government issues who were captured and tortured by the "Japs".
Ms. Jolie and her screenwriters portrayed Watanabe "The Bird" Mutsuhiro not only as a sadist, but they also implied that he was homosexual as well...that the reason why he was singling Zamperini out was because he was fighting his personal feelings...
My dad, a retired Flag Officer, said that there are things that are not plausible there. Scientists and doctors would explain that certain scenes, and I'm not talking about those scenes that were similar to Ang Lee's masterpiece, The Life of Pi, if they happened in real life, would have killed Zamperini right there and then. Yes, there were many miracles in his life, and that was why he decided to live a life serving our Lord and Savior, but my dad strongly believes that a lot of scenes were done only for cinematic effect. In any case, they pulled some heartstrings. War, indeed, is very, very stupid!
Louis Zamperini's heart was full of love and after all his suffering, he chose to forgive his captors. He planted seeds of love and not hatred. This movie, even if its intention is otherwise(I hope), teaches the people to hate, even if Zamperini does not want that.
There were a couple of scenes that made Zamperini decide to forgive his captors and to live his life in service for God: On their way to the other camp, Zamperini saw innocent lives wasted and when the war was over, he saw Watanabe's picture with his dad. These two scenes made Zamperini realize that the Japanese, including Watanabe, are human beings too, They have feelings, families and the right to live as well.
Director: Angelina JolieCast:
Running time: 137 minutes
Adapted from: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
- Jack O'Connell as Louis "Louie" Zamperini
- C.J. Valleroy as young Louis Zamperini
- Domhnall Gleeson as Russell "Phil" Phillips
- Garrett Hedlund as John Fitzgerald
- Miyavi as Mutsuhiro "The Bird" Watanabe
- Finn Wittrock as Francis "Mac" McNamara
- Jai Courtney as Charlton Hugh "Cup" Cupernell
- Luke Treadaway as Miller
- Travis Jeffery as Jimmy
- Jordan Patrick Smith as Cliff
- John Magaro as Frank A. Tinker
- Alex Russell as Pete Zamperini
- John D'Leo as Young Pete
- Vincenzo Amato as Anthony
- Ross Anderson as Blackie
- Maddalena Ischiale as Louise Zamperini
- Morgan Griffin as Cynthia Applewhite
- Savannah Lamble as Sylvia Zamperini
- Sophie Dalah as Virginia Zamperini
A review that I kind of agree with:
Jolie's "Unbroken" is in serious need of repair
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