Sunday, December 28, 2014
Unbroken [ movie review ]
PG-13: War, violence, brief language and some disturbing images.
My rating: 5 stars.
World War II is all around Louis Zamperini,
former star Olympian Athlete. In the air, surviving multiple times, witnessing death, and more, he just wants it to be over.
His memories of the past come to him, reminding him of the struggles he had over come, and the good times that were no more. But the words of his older brother keep him going. "If you can take it, you can make it."
After surviving a dangerous plane landing, Louis and his team embark on another mission only to crash out on the ocean. The survivors stay alive on a raft, praying to be rescued.
For days, they go through many harrowing, near-death encounters only to be rescued by something even worse.
The torture, humiliation, starvation and horror that follow test him to his limits. No one should survive. Most would give in. But Louis remembers "If I can take it, I can make it."
Even if he doesn't live, as long as he dies with his chin up and lived a life worth retelling, he knows that he will win.
This is a true story, which makes the whole thing almost unbelievable. There are just so many things that happens to everyone, and that anyone survived is a miracle.
My favorite part in the movie is probably also the most dramatic. When he is very week, and forced at gun point to pick up a piece of lumber...for no purpose but torture. It is very clear that most people could not have picked it up. The "Bird" hopes he will give up - it is his goal to break Louis' spirit. But something inside is stronger than all his pain, and this scene shows that all so vividly.
I have been told that the book is even more awesome. So, definitely will be reading that!
Nancy Campbell said that of all the books that she has read, Unbroken is the most Christian book by an unchristian author.
This movie is one of those that are worth seeing! And if you like WWII, you will like this movie/book.
Something interesting: The guy called the "Bird" (someone that was VERY evil in the movie) lived in Australia close by where the Campbell's did, at the same time they did. They might have very well seen him and passed him on several occasions :)
Who else has seen this movie, or wants to?