I haven’t stopped talking about Unbroken since reading it several years ago, so I was beyond excited to watch an adaptation of it over the holidays. Knowing how amazing Louis Zamperini’s story of survival was, I expected great things from the motion picture. I was not disappointed.
Louis Zamperini could be called a God for the superhuman resilience he exhibited during World War II. He survived a plane crash, was lost at sea for over 40 days, and endured countless physical and emotional assaults from the Japanese as a POW. These events were depicted on screen with grace in a way that showed Angelina Jolie’s respect for Zamperini. Angelina Jolie’s direction was amazing, and much improved from her debut, In The Land Of Blood And Honey, which was an embarrassing low budget film whose name I couldn’t even remember. The shadows and different angles used in the movie created a tense, yet hopeful, atmosphere, and made me feel I was watching a film from a seasoned director. Although Zamperini died before the movie was released in theaters, it is comforting to know that he watched a nearly finished film in his hospital bed.
Despite the horrible things Zamperini experienced, his steadfast hope and unbroken spirit is inspirational. I can’t recommend the book enough. If you’re not a bookworm, at least treat yourself to the movie. You will not be disappointed!