Unbroken charts the journey of a troubled youngster who could have easily ended up on the wrong side of the tracks. With the reputation of being a bad kid, Louis Zamperini was from a family of Italian Immigrants in pre World War II America. His older brother Pete refused to give up on him though and decided to set him on the right path by getting him to run. He took to it much like a duck to water and in no time was a champion at his high school, winning races left, right and centre. Eventually this passion and success at running landed Zamperini a place on the United States of America’s Olympic running team in 1936, Berlin.
When war broke out, Louis put his running career aside and enlisted in the armed forces, being deployed to Funafuti, an island in the Pacific. From there he and his fellow crew members fly missions against the enemy, but tragedy strikes when they are on a search a rescue mission and their engine fails. Crashing in the middle of the ocean, Zamperini finds himself stranded in a lifeboat with the only other two survivors, shark infested waters, limited food and fresh water spells disaster for them.
After seemingly endless 47 days, he is rescued, but his ordeal is not over for it was te Japanese Imperial Army that finds them afloat the ocean and he quickly becomes a prisoner of war. Eventually he is sent to a Prisoner of War Camp run by Corporal Mutushiro “The Bird” Watanabe, he takes a particular dislike to Louis and makes it his personal pleasure to torture him in the most unimaginable ways.
Throughout everything, Zamperini keeps remembering what his brother taught him, ‘If you can take it, you can make it.’ That coupled with his unwavering strength of character makes Unbroken one of the most incredible true stories you will ever watch.
Starring Jack O’Connell (Starred Up & Skins), Alex Russell (Carrie & The Host), Domhnall Gleeson (The Lone Survivor) and Finn Wittrock (Noah) this is a young and formidable cast.
Directed by Angelina Jolie, she tells the most amazing story that is heart wrenching, unbelievably savage in parts and emotional. Her portrayal of a man who surely defines the term survival and demonstrates the true meaning of human spirit and courage.
Available of DVD and Blu-Ray form Universal Pictures.