Review: Unbroken - Lacks Punch And Lacks Heart

Filed under , , by Mario Bautista on Feb 28, 2015


IN THE hands of a more capable director, “Unbroken”, based on the true story of a World War II hero, would be Oscar material. After all, the book on which it was based was written by Laura Hillenbrand, who also wrote “Seabiscuit” that was Oscar-nominated. But with Angelina Jolie’s lackluster direction, we’re not surprised it was bypassed by the Academy voters.

A petty thief as a child, Louie Zamperini is the son of Italian immigrants. He later becomes the youngest American runner to compete in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. While on a bombing mission, he’d later survived the crash of his B-24 in the middle of the Pacific Ocean during WWII and 47 days drifting in a life raft with his two companions without food or water and with sharks swimming around.
Then he spends two years as a Prisoner of War in a Japanese concentration camp where he suffers oppression from a cruel tormentor, The Bird (Takamasa Ishihara). But despite all the travails and tribulations he goes through in life, Zamperini remains like the film’s title, “Unbroken”.