But this polished story feels conventional, overly long and not sufficiently involving. After a dynamite first half-hour, Angelina Jolie's accomplished second outing as a director slowly loses steam as it chronicles the inhuman dose of suffering endured by Olympic runner Louie Zamperini in Japanese internment camps during World War II. Granted, Unbroken is no masterpiece, but why it garnered such negative word on the street is beyond me. As the merciless sun bears down, the men become crispy red and try to keep talking to maintain their alertness. Sharks swim menacingly around the rafts, and what the men hope is a friendly plane passes by, only to reveal itself as Japanese when it strafes them. Unbroken falls short of the epic war drama and sweeping testament-to-the-human-spirit it strives to be. Unbroken” is a rousing old-fashioned yarn with numerous exciting set-pieces and an uncomplicated hero you root for all the way through.
The film then fast forwards to when the two are separated and sent to different POW camps. General InfoPG-13 – for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language. Working with cameras on a floating rig in choppy waters and braving the elements, with actors dieting for months to appear as depleted as their characters, Jolie completed a successful first day of a location shoot that promises to be rigorous and uniquely challenging. As he grows, Louie becomes more disciplined and also becomes an accomplished distance runner, earning him the nickname “The Torrance Tornado”. Fabulous story, and troubling, but also weirdly bland, despite first rate filming.
And, as the fast Zeroes approach and start firing on the Americans, the sound and speed of events are both pulse-quickening and sobering reminders of how arbitrary life and death are in combat. More than one moment of pain awaits him, unfortunately, at his next destination, a jungle hellhole where he and Phil are stashed in separate cells barely big enough to contain them. A straightforward and entirely commendable story about the triumph of the human spirit, etc. This would be about everything else Louis did that was not mentioned in the movie as strongly as his suffering was.
Movies need drama to make them interesting, so I know Angelina focused on what affects people, the drama. The life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. The brilliantly staged crippled landing of the initial bombing expedition spookily foreshadows a second flight, a search for lost fliers in a patched together plane that, in a harrowing scene, makes a crash landing and breaks up in the middle of the Pacific. Japanese newsmen give him the opportunity to broadcast a message home saying that he is alive after they learn the US government classified him as KIA.
Treads over familiar waters that still inspire and despite its flaws is a solid piece of work by its director. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Unbroken is undoubtedly well-intentioned, but it hits a few too many of the expected prestige-pic beats to register as strongly as it should.
After three days, a search plane flies over but they are unable to get its attention. Louie is a troublemaker, who steals, drinks liquor and smokes, to the disappointment of his parents. Unlike those other films, though, Angelina Jolie’s second effort as a director is more a series of similar events than a story, and lacks an underlying message except that torture hurts. The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and. Sickened by raw gull meat, they are sometimes lucky enough to grab the odd sea creature, prompting Phil to observe that the Japanese eat their fish raw. Seabiscuit: An American Legend) enormously popular book, it’s the inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. POW biopic may have just enough gravity to entice the Academy, but struggles to bring truth to an unbelievable truth.
They weather a storm and fend off a shark attack while subsisting on rations, rainwater, birds and fish. When you get through it, though, you can’t help but feel uplifted by this tough-skinned movie that can stand with the best muscular wartime dramas in the American movie canon. Unbroken is a grueling endurance test – for the audience just as much as for its cutout champion. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise.