'Against the Sun' tells an overly familiar survival tale without fuss

January 21, 2015 8:52 PM

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Three downed Navy airmen stuck on a raft in the middle of the Pacific in World War II for weeks on end. It's a familiar movie narrative, at least in part, because it happened more than once, even happened to a future president (George H.W. Bush) and happened to the hero of "Unbroken."

"Against the Sun" doesn't reinvent this mini-genre, with its yellow life raft, men slowly starving, sun-blistering and dying of thirst. But its light moments, pallid highs and emotional lows show how this sort of movie is supposed to work. It sometimes moves us, where the admittedly more arduous ord...

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