2-18-2016 MOVIE REVIEW: UNBROKEN (2014)

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2-18-2016 MOVIE REVIEW: UNBROKEN (2014)

Louis Zamperini’s story is arguably the greatest tale of heroism ever accounted for in American Literature.  His courage and valor exemplify what according to the modern generation would be the real life Captain America.  It’s remarkable one being can experience all these feats and obstacles in a single lifetime.  I’ve been meaning to read the novel, but have been looking forward to this picture ever since it was first confirmed.  Unfortunately I left the theater a bit disappointed. Producers and Jolie elected to go the PG-13 route and in doing so this film lacked the cathartic-violence and the level of sheer brutality that was necessary in order to make it a completely authentic picture.  While there were scenes depicting pain and torture the audience wasn’t left with a taste of disdain as in Scorsese’s “The Deer Hunter”. Upon being captured the film shows no deaths or shots fired; there is no swearing and hardly any blood. Joel and Ethan Cohen, who are known for their catchy dialogue and graphic display of violence for books turned films -no matter over the top they may be- wrote the screenplay which is surprising and this is certainly unlike anything they’ve ever done.  I liked how Jolie decided to go with unknown B-level actors so that more attention would be focused on the story itself, but there were so few lines practically anyone could have read them. While “Unbroken” had its moments, ultimately being packaged into a family film was a mistake and a missed opportunity to cement the story permanently into the minds of its viewers.