There are few movies that will be posted on this site, and that’s because there are few that add so much to my life that I want to recommend them. But Unbroken is one of the few.
Here are some of the reasons I recommend that YOU watch Unbroken too:
- It’s true. A true story of real bravery and courage. No melodrama, no pretend heroism. Honest facts.
- It’s interesting. Set in World War II, Unbroken tells the story of an American runner (Louis) whose Olympic career is cut short by his station on a Pacific island.
- It’s incredible. Their plane gets shot down and 3 boys survive. They are stranded in middle of the ocean, with just two rafts and a bar of chocolate.
- It gets worse. After weeks drifting about the ocean, the boys hit land. Japanese-enemy-prisoner-of-war land. And the commander of the POW camp has it out for our hero. The worst is yet to come.
- It’s patriotic. Not matter what nationality you are or what political views you hold, everybody admires someone who holds on so strongly to his values – even at the expense of his comfort and safety. When given a chance, Louis refuses to propagandize against his country in exchange for luxury accommodations in Tokyo. He is thrown back into the camps, where further hell awaits him.
- It’s a story of triumph. Man over himself, values over comfort, Allies over Axis, nation over enemy.
- It’s true. It’s worth repeating because it is.
Warning: Although this movie is rated PG-13 for war violence (clean in other categories), adults, too, may want to be prepared for its intensity. It’s not easy to watch.
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This is my review on IMDB.com:
“Because the story focuses on several main characters, and those characters are exceptional and tell this powerful true story in the most engrossing way possible, I give this film 10 stars. Admittedly, the home scenes (which start off the film) are slightly more bland and the characters are flatter but I think that make sense – they serve as a backdrop to Louis as an adult, as a runner, and into the military.
“The adult Louis is portrayed very well. The drama grips you – it made me cry at times, look away in horror, but mostly, this movie inspires me every day. It is a story of personal strength and a touch of faith, patriotism, family, friendship, and mostly, the triumph of the human spirit – not just as a cliché, but as an incredible reality.
“This movie can be frightening but if you’ve got someone to hold onto while you watch, it’s worth every second. You won’t forget it because it won’t leave you. It is powerful, awe-inspiring, and empowering. There is dawn at the end of night, beauty in a black coal mine. Be moved.”
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