December 25, 2014

Jack O'Connell in UNBROKEN.

Directed by: Angelina Jolie

Written by: Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Cast: Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Miyavi

Rating: PG-13 (for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language)

Running Time: 137 minutes

Angelina Jolie’s second directorial effort, UNBROKEN, is severely underrated by critics. This is a very good film about the extraordinary life of former U.S. Olympian and WWII veteran, Louis Zamperini, who endured 47 days lost at sea and over two years in Japanese POW camps, which the film depicts.  The film is about Zamperini figuratively being resurrected from the dead, and Jolie subtly disperses Christ-like imagery in order to reinforce this idea. Even the poster itself gives the impression that Jack O’Connell, who is very good as Zamperini, is being crucified on a cross. If there is one misstep, it’s a scene later in the film between camp guard Mutsuhiro “Bird” Watanabe (Takamasa Ishihara) and Zamperini that seemed odd.

Grade: A-

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