Unbroken (2014)

unbroken jack oconnellRead this book, or you will wallow in pitiful regret the rest of your life.


Unbroken the movie is good.

Unbroken the book is absolutely incredible and should be required reading for all of humanity. (That and Green Eggs and Ham. Required.)

Written by Laura Hillenbrand (same author of Seabiscuit) Unbroken tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and prisoner of war during WWII. I almost hesitate to even recommend this movie just because it doesn’t cover a fraction of the depth found in the book. (Same thing goes for The Book Thief by the way.)

Universal Studios actually bought the rights to Zamperini’s story back in the ‘50s but it never panned out until Hillenbrand’s book became a best-seller. (Did I mention I liked the book?)

This film was directed by Angelina Jolie, and I can only hope that she wore her Maleficent costume at least once to the set. (Creepy sharp cheekbones included.) It stars Jack O’Connell—whom I’ve never seen in anything else—and Miyavi, whom I’ve also never seen anywhere else, but he must be a big deal in Japan because he pulled the Beyonce/Oprah “I’m too cool for two names” card.

And hey, it’s got a Weasley brother in it, so that’s a bonus.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: This movie is not for children. Read them Green Eggs and Ham instead.

unbroken movie

Given the heart-breaking news in France this week, I thought this was a good movie to feature. It’s about strength and resolve in the face of senseless violence and suffering.

And though the film stripped out most of the religious themes in the book, Zamperini later became a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and eventually returned to Japan to forgive his brutal captors.

Watching what Zamperini had to go through not only filled me with gratitude for men and women who serve in the military, but reminded me that my own afflictions in life are really nothing compared to what so many others face.

But whether our suffering is big or small, we can find peace and strength in knowing that Jesus Christ has felt what we have felt and endured what we have endured. Our present challenges in life will one day have an end, and like Zamperini, we can come out stronger and unbroken.

Louis Zamperini passed away on July 2, 2014. He was able to watch a rough cut of this movie on Angelina Jolie’s laptop during his final days in the hospital.

Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.” — Psalm 25:18-21

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