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A review of Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

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Matthew Steeples suggests Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ provides a reminder of the power of the human spirit

 

On Tuesday night, I attended the London premiere of the forthcoming Angelina Jolie film Unbroken with Alexa Jago, the charming executive producer of Kajaki: The True Story. Though it was the stunning director – dressed in Ralph & Russo – who was the undoubted star of the night, this film undoubtedly will leave those that see it amazed by the fearlessness, fortitude and forgiveness shown by the main character in the face of the terrible adversities he faced.

 

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Miyavi as Mutsuhiro Watanabe and Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini

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The film’s director Angelina Jolie with the late Louis Zamperini

 

Based on the book of the same title by the Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand and adapted by Ethan and Joel Cohen, the film tells the story of the Olympic athlete and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (1917 – 2014). The story centres around Zamperini’s path to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the 47 days he spent in a raft after the B-24 he was flying in crashed in the Pacific in 1947 and the years he spent in Japanese prisoner of war camps.

 

Undoubtedly given the full Hollywood treatment, the film no doubt will be criticised for factual and historical inaccuracies and whilst Derbyshire born actor Jack O’Connell excels as Zamperini, it is also the viciousness of his captor Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanabe (渡辺むつひろ) that also shines through in his portrayal by the Japanese singer Miyavi (also known as Takamasa Ishihara, 石原 貴雅).

 

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Angelina Jolie at the London premiere of ‘Unbroken’ on Tuesday 25th November 2014 with two Chelsea Pensioners

“If you can take it, you can make it” is the guiding force of this epic film whilst “a moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory” is the quote that sums it up best. Unbroken is well worth seeing and opens in the USA on the 25th December and the UK on 26th December.

 

Watch Unbroken’s trailer here:

 

 

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    12 COMMENTS

    1. What factual and historical inaccuracies? Angelina is a history buff and she does her research and is obsessed with details and truth. Ask Laura Hillenbrand. She had to even find out the color of the uniform when Louie started running.

    2. Peter, you took the words right out of my mouth…..She is a former acid queen and husband thief, who now wants to save the world, just like Sir Bob, but she should rather have stayed with old BIlly Bob instead…..

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