Unbroken is about Olympian Louis Zamperini who spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Although an exceptional story, the film fails to dazzle is it hopes and never fully realises into the the epic experience it wants to be. The script was troublesome from the beginning, and I drifted multiple times throughout the film. Zamperini’s spiritual awakening and strength in God from his brutal prisoner of war experience did not translate onto the big screen. I actually had to do some research to even realise that he even found strength in Him. It’s a shame as it was co-written by the Oscar winning Coen brothers, but it didn’t even feel like something they had even written.
The buzz over the last few months, with parts of it being filmed In Australia and having friends who were involved, was let down as it was aiming for Oscar gold it failed to even reach it.
I commend director Angelina Jolie for attempting to direct this film but I think soon, she should returning to acting in which she seems to be more natural.
The on screen the talent was impressive, though. Especially considering what they had to work with. And we may have found a new budding star in newcomer Jack O’Connell. He’s definitely someone to look out for.