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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Unbroken- A War Drama in the Pacific
If you like World War II movies between the US and Japan, you will enjoy this movie. I did not really enjoyed it because of the brutality and cruelty in the movie. It also reminded me of other sad movies as the Bataan Death March and American Guerrilla in the Philippines. But the movie is based on a true story and decently produced and directed by Angelina Jolie. It received a few Oscar nominations, but did not win any major Oscar award this year, except for the best sound and editing.
Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical war drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The film revolves around the life of USA Olympian and athlete Louis "Louie" Zamperini, portrayed by Jack O'Connell. Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed in World War II, then was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps.
At the end of the film, there is a slideshow showing what happened after the war. Louis was married and had two children. Phil survived and eventually married his sweetheart. Mutsuhiro "Bird" Watanabe went into hiding for several years and successfully evaded prosecution in spite of being listed in the top 40 most-wanted Japanese war criminals by General Douglas MacArthur. Louie forgave his war-time captors and met with many of them. Watanabe, however, refused to meet with Louie.
In January 1998, Louis had an opportunity to revisit his time as an Olympian when he ran a leg of the Olympic Torch relay for the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. He was four days short of his 81st birthday. The site for his leg of the relay was not far from one of the POW camps where he was held during the war. The closing titles reveal that Louie died on July 2, 2014 at age 97.
The film had its world premiere in Sydney on November 17, 2014, and received a wide release in the United States on December 25, 2014. The film received mixed reviews from critics. Watch the movie on line at:
We watch this movie on Comcast on Demand movie for $4.99. Let me know if you like the movie or not.