Unbroken is a 'triumph of the human spirit' story that forgets the spirit 

December 24, 2014 9:25 AM

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Unbroken is a 'triumph of the human spirit' story that forgets the spirit 

A life story generally doesn't fit into a neat dramatic arc; this much is a given. When you're telling the cinematic tale of a real-life person — as Unbroken does with the tale of Louis Zamperini — you're going to be deciding which part of the cradle-to-grave timeline will be part of the narrative and which part won't. This is artistic license, and if you have a problem with it, then maybe you have a problem with art.

But everyone's also going to have a different threshold for what part of that life story is crucial — what makes it a story, rather than just a series of things that happened to a particular person. And this is where Angelina Jolie's adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's book, Unbroken: A World War II S...

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