Written by Emma Chapel
Directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is the incredible true story based on the life of World War II veteran and prisoner of war survivor Louis “Louie” Zamperini. The inspiring drama is both emotional and unbelievable. It is almost impossible for one to imagine going through the same physical and emotional pain that Zamperini endured.
The movie is a chronology of major events in Louie’s life, beginning in his childhood and ending with his experiences as a prisoner of war. Louie was a troubled kid who spent most of his days running from the police. To counteract Louie’s trouble-making side, his older brother Pete got him involved in their school’s (Torrance High) track team. Louie, also known as the “Torrance Tornado,” soon became the fastest high school runner in the nation. After graduating, he ran in the 1936 Olympics, where he ran the fastest final lap in Olympic history. Later on in life, Louie joined the United States Army Air Force. While on a rescue mission, mechanical issues caused Louie’s plane to crash, leaving him and two other men stranded in the Pacific Ocean. The men are adrift for 47 days, but they do not make it home; instead they are captured by the Japanese navy and sent to numerous Japanese prison camps. In these camps, Louie is tormented by a Japanese man whom the other prisoners call “the Bird.” Louie endures years of endless torment, torture, and pain. “If I can take it, I can make it.” Louie repeated these words of wisdom given to him by his brother whenever he was tempted to give up.
At the end of the movie, real pictures of Louis Zamperini are shown and we see what became of him after the war. The film is both moving and powerful, however there is an abundance of scenes in which Zamperini is beaten and abused. Also, if you are an impatient person this might not be the movie for you for it is two and a half hours long. Most of the movie takes place at the prisoner of war camps. Though the movie is long and becomes almost repetitive, I think it is worth your time and money because it tells the story of a truly awe-inspiring man. Louis Zamperini is an incredibly amazing person who deserves dozens of lifetimes of glory for the amount of pain he went through.