Unbroken Review

Lily Kondrich '18, Staff Writer

Unbroken is the heroic story of Louie Zamperini, based on the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.  The movie is directed by Angelina Jolie and stars Jack O’Connell as the main character, Louie.

Having read the book, I was impressed by the attention the film brought to Louie’s story and key events within the book.  I was, however, disappointed with the lack of attention paid to characters whom I thought played a large part in Louie’s survival. Characters such as Phil, Harris, and other camp guards were not as prominent in the movie.  In addition, the portrayal of a character named Watanabe was not as harsh as I believe the book made him out to be.  I would have also liked to have seen more on Louie’s life after the war.  Louie’s story of the war made his life after much easier to understand.  It painted the picture for the life Louie created for himself after the war. A critical detail that the movie left out was the fact that Louie went on to live a life committed to God. I think this was an important part of the story that was unfortunately left out. Overall I enjoyed the movie and have to give the cast and crew credit for paying so much attention to small details from the novel.