Unbroken has been lauded a lot for being Angelina Jolie’s directorial venture, her second in fact after covering a story on the war in Bosnia, with the help of a love story that takes place during it. But what you didn’t know is that Unbroken is also an emotional personalised edition of a snapshot of the Second World War in America – the Pacific angle, specifically speaking.
This film is based on a true story: Louie Zamperini is a wicked young boy, who only knows how to raise hell. As the son of Italian immigrants, he ran for United States at the 1936 Olympics but his life came to a tragic end over the Pacific, during the Second World War, when he was shot down.
The script is fast-paced, but hurried, and the film starts off with a B-24 bomber getting attacked by Japanese fighters. You also get to see the young boy’s “growing up” years that have really shaped him, much more than his fine-honed genes. After going through a painful training session, Louis becomes a track star in high school, qualifying for the Olympics.
Then the film zooms into underneath the ocean, where his fighter jet has crashed, and Louie is left to fight for survival, with two other survivors on a raft, battling sun, sharks and starvation. Captured by the Japanese enemy some 47 days later, he is sent to a prison camp, where he is tortured by this sadistic in-charge. There is an air of physical deprivation in the film, so it really isn’t too much about the beefed-up torture in various spaces of his life, or his dangerous adventures in times of war, as it is about chronicling the experiences that Louie has had during WWII.
Film rating: 6/10.