'Unbroken' celebrates triumph of a long-distance runner

December 24, 2014 5:21 PM

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'Unbroken' celebrates triumph of a long-distance runner

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 drama and a portrait of an Olympian turned soldier, “Unbroken” is a touching and important work. Angelina Jolie, who directed the 2011 Bosnian war romance “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” returns to that role to create a film both heartbreaking and inspiring, huge ...

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