Review: Jolie masterfully crafts powerful 'Unbroken'

December 24, 2014 5:14 AM

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The story is true, and astounding. In 1943 Louis Zamperini, an athlete turned B-24 bombardier for the U.S. Army Air Force, crashed in the South Pacific and drifted 47 days in a deflating raft with two other lacerated crewmen. The hellish limbo amid ocean swells, blazing sun and circling sharks did not end with a rescue, but a capture. The Japanese navy shipped them to prisoner of war camps, where they were treated with inhuman brutality.

As a castaway story, a historical war drama and a portrait of an American Olympian runner turned soldier, "Unbroken" is touching and important work. Angelina Jolie, already an Oscar winner, has directed and produced it masterfully, creating a film both heartbreaking and inspiring, huge and subtle in...

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