Angelina Jolie’s aim is true 
in tale about 
one man’s fight 
for survival

December 24, 2014 5:10 AM

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Angelina Jolie’s aim is true 
in tale about 
one man’s fight 
for survival

An all-too-edifying fable about the human spirit, Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” is an example of the sort of humanistic American film, featuring a real-life hero, the industry needs to keep making. Based on a 2010 biography by Laura Hillenbrand (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”), the film, beautifully lensed by the legendary Roger Deakins (“The Shawshank Redemption”), tells the story of Louis Zamperini (Brit Jack O’Connell), a 1920s-era wastrel, who steals, fights and boozes as a boy, but as he grows up turns out to have the right stuff when it comes to long-distance running, as well as the love and support of his Italian-American family.

Adapted by Joel and Ethan Coen and others, the screenplay packs three movies into one: one about a bad kid who makes good and competes in the 1936 Olympics hosted by Adolf Hitler; a second about a young American flier, who survives for a record-breaking time adrift in the South Pacific in a life raf...

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