Stiff tale of heroism is an ordeal

December 25, 2014 4:23 PM

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Stiff tale of heroism is an ordeal

Compared to Louie Zamperini, Job had it easy. After crashing in the Pacific in World War Two, Zamperini drifted in a lifeboat for 47 days before being sent to a POW camp in Japan, where the commandant took a personal interest in making Zamperini's life hellacious.

Unbroken is a fitting title for this excruciating cinematic treatment of the flyboy's ordeal. It plays like an endless, unrelieved gauntlet of suffering, an onslaught untempered by grace or redemption.

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