137 Min | Biography – Drama – Sport | December 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson
Unbroken Review: Unbroken is a true story about a Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini played by (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Unbroken is directed by the Oscar wining actress Angelina Jolie, and this isn’t the first she directed a film, yeah she directed one. 2014 was the year for amazing cinematography and Unbroken has some gorgeous Cinematography. It’s the same guy who did the Cinematography for Skyfall. Jack O’Connell is a true rising star so far in his career. In Unbroken he deliverers a fantastic and heart hitting performance and I like the fact that he showed all the pain, sadness and tiredness in his eyes in this movie. Jack O’Connell played Louis Zamperinin so terrifically well that I wonder what else he’s doing next after this.
Unbroken, is based on the true-life story of former Olympic runner Louis Zamperini who spent two-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war during World War II. Unbroken has a cast of mainly young, developing actors with Jack O’ Connell, Domnhall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney and Japanese pop-star Miyavi. Unbroken is a hit and miss and more of a miss than a hit. Unbroken stars off well, giving a look into Zamperini’s childhood and how he became one of the best Olympic athletes in the world as well as keeping World War II story connected, but the film that fails to follow through and be truly compelling.
Louis Zamperinin is a inspiring person who has been through hell most of his life and the fact that this guy kept going is truly remarkable, but in Unbroken he was just came off as a tough son of a b*tch and not really inspiring in a way that Louis was. The Prison camp in Unbroken wasn’t really all that effective at all. Japanese prison in real life back then was a lot brutal and effectively shocking, but in this it wasn’t and it would be more powerful if Louis stood out from the rest and became a leader to those jailed soldiers. Overall, Unbroken may have a lot of problems with it’s pasting and slow scenes, but the movie has good directing, terrific performance from Jack O’Connell and beautifully Cinematography.