Unbroken (dir. Angelina Jolie, 2014) – After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, bombardier Louis Zamperini and his crew spend 47 days adrift on a raft before the Japanese navy sends them to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Unbroken pays a touching tribute to Louis Zamperini’s remarkable years, though the dramatisation is less inspiring than history itself.
Truth is stranger than fiction. Bombardier Louis Zamperini epitomises the cliché with his incredible real-life heroics, as narrated in the gripping chapters of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. Heavy with research, the novel is unforgettable in its rich telling of Zamperini’s endurance in difficult times of war.
A two-hour film was never going to do those eventful years justice. Making good use of every second, director Angelina Jolie delivers a satisfactory directorial debut with Unbroken. Though not perfect, her efforts in remaining faithful to history are visible for the most part.