MOVIE THEATER REVIEW: A couple of nights ago I saw the movie “Unbroken” which stars Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire, Starred Up), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time, Frank), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy, Four Brothers), Takamasa Ishihara, Finn Wittrock (Noah, Winter’s Tale), and Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher, Divergent). This movie is based on a true story about the life of Louis Zamperini (O’Connell) and how his rising fame as an American Olympic runner was cut off short when he was deployed into war and was captured by the Japanese after his plane crashed into the ocean. He was held prisoner at a work camp and only hope was keeping him alive.
Unbroken was kind of a broken movie (no pun intended). The beginning of it was superb. I was hooked onto it. The story was executed well, the acting was great, and the directing was good too, seeing as how Angelina Jolie is a rookie at it. I got really deep into the story, wanting to learn more and unravel the character of Louis Zamperini. As I watch it I was in awe from the Olympics to the inspirational lines told by his brother to the hopeless drifting out in the ocean. It was really good…..until it reached the middle. The movie plummeted once he got to the work camp. The reason being is because his whole character changed. The prepping of this real life guy, the stories I’ve heard of how he still had hope when no one else did and how he felt sorry for his officers that beat him were all thrown away. The acting staggered with Jack O’Connell giving a rather emotionless performance and the directing from that point made it worse. Of course it had its moments where I was interested in how they lived, but overall it wasn’t suitable. To me, Louis looked like the one who lost hope and everyone around him had more of it, which wasn’t supposed to be represented. Another thing was the movie didn’t seem too realistic to me. Things happened that wouldn’t happen in real life like when he had to pick up and hold a board of wood and everyone stopped working to watch. No work camp officers would stop and look at one man and let the others do the same. It also didn’t give much dialogue, but rather torture. If I wanted to see a movie with torture, I would have watched a horror movie or maybe see the bad scenes in “12 Years A Slave.” I came to see a movie about standing tall when others fall or never backing down. What I got was seeing Louis get whipped, bunched, and beat to where he didn’t have any emotion or hope (like he had any when he walked in there). They had a little video at the end of the real Louis and after story credits showing him going back to Japan to run and meet his officers that held him at the camp. That Louis they showed me wasn’t really there in the movie (for the second half that is). All I got was another brutal movie about pain at a concentration camp. I would’ve given this movie burnt popcorn, but seeing how the first half was really good, this movie makes the mark by two points. FINAL SCORE: 73%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: