Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Unbroken (2014)

Unbroken (2014)
Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Screenplay by:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson
Based on book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Starring:
Jack O'Connell as Louis Zamperini
My rating: 4.5

Per imdb:
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

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My two-bits:

This was the story of an amazing person that showed how strong the human spirit can be.

It was also interesting to see a little bit of WWII history.

fyi: It was wonderful to see that the 2015 Rose Parade theme and Grand Marshal was dedicated to Louis Zamperini.

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GET familiar with the original...

Unbroken:
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
Amazon | Goodreads

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.



YA version:

Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation):
An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
by Laura Hillenbrand
Amazon | Goodreads

In this captivating young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a man’s breathtaking odyssey and the courage, cunning, and fortitude he found to endure and overcome. Lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred photographs and featuring an exclusive interview with Zamperini, Unbroken will introduce a new generation to one of history’s most thrilling survival epics.

4 comments:

  1. I really want to see this with it being Angelina's directorial debut! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. I saw the special on this and got excited about it too. I loved Laura's Seabiscuit book so look forward to reading this one.

    Glad it was good.

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  3. I really liked Seabiscuit, so I am looking forward to reading Unbroken :)

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  4. The book was great and am looking forward to the movie especially with Angelina Jolie's directorial debut!

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