BY MOLLY FOSTER – Editor-in-Chief
As promised, the long anticipated Unbroken, stormed theaters on Christmas night, and the crowds were flocking like birds; I was among them. The viewers perched at the ends of their seats and by the end,
some even shed a few tears, in both sadness and admiration. It was a refreshing conclusion to a family filled holiday. It served as a for in life: a house over our heads, food on the table, friends and family who love us and primarily, freedom, which is too commonly taken for granted.
The movie began with Louie Zamperini and his Air Force crew in a plane, performing an air raid over Japan. It continues with numerous flashbacks of Zamperini’s childhood to give the audience a far better understanding of him as a character and to help them gain a more appropriate appreciation for the events, which were to come later on in the movie.
Viewers were taken back in shock and held their breath—their faces nearly turning blue, as the storyline took an unexpected and unfavorable turn for Zamperini and his crew mates, as their B4 Green Hornet experienced mechanical issues during their search for a downed aircraft. The plane spiraled uncontrollably into the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where they spent 47 days hanging on for dear life.
I must admit, the movie did start off slowly and uneventfully, but following the crash, the historic reminder of everything we have to be thankful intensity of the movie skyrocketed as their “rescuers” turned out to be the Japanese, and Zamperini and his two other surviving crewmates were taken into a prisoner of war camp.
They were interrogated, beaten, starved, and stripped of their dignities. However, somehow, despite the mental and physical abuse, the fire within them was never fully extinguished.
Zamperini, played by Jack O’Connell, particularly displayed persistence and determination, and therefore drove the movie to excellence. His spirited attitude was infectious and I left the theater feeling inspired, almost to the point that just like Zamperini, I felt as though I could dodge all obstacles and accomplish anything.
The various reviews of Unbroken, from online critics such as Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, do not provide the movie its rightful justice, whatsoever. Both cites rated the movie with a measly three out of five stars and a reviewer from IMDb even said, “The storytelling is mediocre and lacks the intensity that it should [have], considering what happened to this airman.
“I am disappointed that the script was so weak considering who had their hands in rewriting it.”
Individuals must take into consideration that not all events from a novel can be included in a movie, or else it would be border lining five hours, and no one would bother to sit through the entirety of it. Keeping that in mind, director, Angelina Jolie, did a splendid job selecting the most moving and attention hunting scenes from the novel and transferring them into a major motion picture.
With the success of the movie’s realistic reenactment and storytelling, Unbroken deserves a far more reasonable four and a half out of five stars; only being deducted half of a star due to the slow and semi- uneventful start.
However, on a scale of Americanism, it would be more than appropriate to give the movie 50 out of 50 stars and 13 stripes, representing those on the American flag, for being the most brutally honest, yet heartwarming WWII movie of the decade.
Unbroken, is worth the watch; so splurge the money you’ve been saving up for a new pair of shoes on a movie ticket and some popcorn. You won’t regret it.