By Don Morton
Angelina Jolie’s impressive second directorial effort
March 2, 2016
Angelina Jolie’s impressive second directorial effort is the straightforward telling of an astounding true tale.
1936 Olympian Louis Zamperini was shot down during a bombing run over Japan, survived six weeks in a lifeboat and then a POW camp. This ambitious film stars Jack O’Connell (’71, Starred Up), the script was polished by the Coen Brothers, and it was shot by Roger Deakins.
A bit emotionally distant, but fast-paced and compelling. The man ultimately opted for forgiveness over revenge, and a coda featuring the real Zamperini returning to Japan—for the Olympics!—is highly moving.
Japanese title: Fukutsu no Otoko: Unbroken. (137 min)