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UNBROKEN (2014) – My rating: 8/10

UnbrokenThere’s been a lot of anticipation about Unbroken.  My grandson told me that Unbroken was going to change his life, he called it an inspirational movie.  The talk of his high school is “Unbroken will teach you courage and inspire you to new heights”.  After seeing the movie, I agree it’s inspirational and much, much more.  This movie didn’t get a Best Picture nod or anything that shows off the acting and director abilities.  I grant you some scenes were a little drawn out but overall, Unbroken which is based on a true story, was entertaining as well as heart rinsing, interesting and intense.  Unbroken was directed by Angelina Jolie who, in my opinion, did a fantastic job.  Unbroken tells the story of Louis Zamperini (Jack ‘OConnell) who was an accomplished distance runner, earning him the nickname “The Torrance Tornado.”  Eventually he qualified  for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Louis surprised everyone when he came in 8th place, setting a record for speed in the final lap of the 5000 metres race, running it in 56 seconds.  After joining the Armed Forces, Louis ends up on a search and rescue mission when his plane, along with 4 other soldiers, lost 2 engines causing the plane to crash somewhere in the Pacific.  After 47 days at sea, floating in a raft, only Louie and fellow soldier Phil (Domhnail Gleeson) survived the shark infested waters, with little to no food and quite weakened.  However they were captured by the Japanese Navy and brought to a POW camp.  Eventually, the two men were separated into different camps and Louie’s torment began.  Mutsuhiro “Bird” Watanabe (Takamasa Ishihara) was in charge of the camp and was jealous of Louis because of his Olympic Athletic status.  You’ll have to see the movie to learn of the hell Louis was put through.  This movie is worth seeing by any means you can see it.  Very well done.  Kudos to Angelina Jolie for a job well done.

[UNBROKEN is nominated for Cinematography, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing]