Unbroken – keep the spirits high

Popcorn Ratings: 4 stars
Genre: World History / World War

Unbroken is on the ImDB’s list of must watch movies and its worth it. But you need grit and patience to see it through. Set against the background of World War Two, focusing on the United States – Japan part of the war.

So there is a childhood story of the young thief Louis Zamperini (portrayed by Jack O’Connell), whose latent talents are reconverted in long distance running by his elder brother.

After years of toil and practice, what a moment is there for the young athlete to compete at the Berlin Olympics and defeating his own more accomplished countryman.
With all eyes on the Tokyo Olympics, he sets himself up with training and determination. Fate had other plans, as the war erupts and our hero is enrolled in the US Airforce. 

From there on, it is one man’s struggle against odds of nature to human vengeance. The best part of the movie is how the three men stranded on a lifeboat manages life
at sea. The tag line says it all: Survival. Resilience. Redemption



At the mercy of violent storm and hungry sharks, they eat raw bird and vomit it almost instantaneously. They catch fish almost bare handed and wait for rains to have
water to drink. There is also the Japanese airplane shooting that deflates their lifeboat but not their spirits.

Unbroken is a story of human survival against all odds. Director Angelina Jolie’s message based on a true story is clear – do not give up. Be it sports or life itself,
there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The tunnel, however, here is very dark indeed. Almost to the point of being savagery and gory. The cruel Japanese office Japanese corporal, Mutsuhiro Watanab,
nicknamed ‘bird’ tried all sorts of vengeance. From being brutally assaulted with stick to punched on the face from every member of Zamperini’s own colleagues.

At times, the violence mars the message. Still, the movie has a deep impact on the perspective that our best plans get washed on the onslaught of turn of events.

I loved the statement that Zamperini says. “I always wanted to be in Tokyo (for the Olympics), but didn’t know it would be like this (as a prisoner of war).”

Movie Trivia:
Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber crash landed in the ocean during World War II
The movie is based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
At age 81, Louie Zamperini ran a leg of the Olympic Torch relay for the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan

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