'Unbroken' completes epic journey to screen

December 21, 2014 11:26 PM

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LOS ANGELES — Forty-seven days wasting away on a bobbing raft in the Pacific Ocean. Two years of torture in Japanese prison camps. Fifty-seven years of life rights languishing in Hollywood. A 400-page epic by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand. And one international movie star/director.

That's Unbroken in shorthand. The story of Louis Zamperini (played by Jack O'Connell), whose World War II bomber crashed in the ocean in 1943, is astonishing: a reckless child-turned-Olympic athlete-turned soldier who endured shark attacks and unspeakable acts of torture, yet ultimately achieved for...

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