Unbroken – A movie that could have been so much more
Director: Angelina Jolie
Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini
Domhnall Gleeson as Phil
Garrett Hedlund as Fitzgerald
Takamasa Ishihara as Watanabe
Genres: Biography, War
Release Date: 25 December 2014
Runtime: 137 min
Trivia: Actor Takamasa Ishihara (who portrays the cruel Watanabe) had to keep his distance from Jack O’Connell (who portrays Zamperini) on set in order to perform the acts of brutality towards him that were required for his role.
Review of Unbroken
I went to see unbroken because of the quality of the trailer but to my displeasure, it was all there was to it. The movie portray the adventure of an olympic runner during word war 2. The beginning tell the story of our main character as an unruly italian child bullied by the other children and the despair of his parents with his attitude toward the law. There enter his older brother, a confident and proud young man who decide to take matters into his own hands. He forcibly enroll him into the school running program. Soon after, Louis become a star for the little town until years later, he get to go to Germany’s Olympic. The last Olympic before the war.
The Olympic career of Louis is only talked about and very little running time is dedicated to it which I think was a mistake. It would have made us feel more attached to this young man if the director hadn’t just thrown us into WWII after a few minutes of story. Louis Zamperini is an officer serving for the United-States during WWII as a bomber (he is the one pushing the button in the plane when its time to drop the bombs).
Should You Go See IT?
I don’t especially recommend to go see this movie. You would be better to go see something like Into The Woods or the likes. Why? The story was badly covered. An Olympian’s barely escape death after a plane crash and survive 47 days in a raft, lost at sea and then he pass the reminder of the war in a Japanese prison camp at the mercy of an old olympian adversary. What could make a better movie than that!!!! A lot it seems. I think the director and the team working on the movie had all the right material to develop a great movie but sadly, they made quite a few mistakes along the way. It wasn’t all bad but the fact remains that it could have been much better.
Mistakes: 1. They didn’t introduced the back story of the major characters well enough leaving the audience wanting for more and not really pushing for Louis. 2. The Olympic career of Louis. They pass way over it with only a few minutes allowed to it. By the end, I just know that he ran for the United-States and nothing else. I don’t know how it went, what medals he won or simply, what’s the story between him and his torturer, L’Oiseau. If I want to know more about Louis Zamperini, I have to go to Wikipedia. A fail by all accounts. 3. They portrayed Louis Zamperini as nothing but a victim. It was as if they decided “Okay guys, now, we are going to make a movie about a guy and all the bad stuff that happened to him during the war and that’s it. No hero story or how he fought back, etc. Just a victim by all account.” which I think was disrespectful to the true story and just an error of perception by the director.
What I liked about the movie
A great story of resilience and courage. I would like to add more but the movie didn’t cover the story well enough for me to make more of it. I had to go read the story online to know more about Louis Zamperini. Thank you Wikipedia.
In the future Angelina, just make sure to cover in more depth the characters and the story so not to leave the audience still thirsty for more.