Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ is a pointless torture-a-thon

December 24, 2014 8:02 AM

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‘Unbroken,” is a cinematic scrapbook, a collection of well-composed scenes practically cut and pasted from “Memphis Belle,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Life of Pi” and “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” Unlike those other films, though, Angelina Jolie’s second effort as a director is more a series of similar events than a story, and lacks an underlying message except that torture hurts.

Louis Zamperini was a small-town California boy who won a spot on the US track team at the 1936 Olympics and went on to fly bombers in the Pacific in World War II. Shot down, he drifted on a raft in the ocean for 47 days, then was taken prisoner by Japan and suffered some more.

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