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Louis Zamperini: The Life of an Olympian and War Hero

posted Jan 9, 2015, 7:08 AM by Unknown user

Emily Anderbery


Louis Zamperini had a life full of trials and triumphs with an emphasis on the trials. Unbroken: a movie made about an olympian who

went to war, was stranded in a raft for 47 days, and experienced years full of brutality in a prisoner-

of-war camp in Japan, was a must-see. Unbroken introduces Zamperini as a soldier in WWII, throughout the introduction flashbacks of his childhood are sprinkled in. Jack O’Connell, who portrayed Zamperini, did an outstanding job of taking the role and the emotion of the story. Director, Angelina Jolie, was able to harness the perfect ratio of biography and historical account in a 137-minute screening.

I give Unbroken 4.75 out of 5 stars. I cannot rave enough about this movie and the events it brings to the screen, although most are difficult to watch. Jolie unveiled the treatment of WWII soldiers in prisoner-of-war camps in Japan in Unbroken. The viewer is able to feel a strong sense of Zamperini’s life and feel completely awestruck by the strength a single man had. Towards the end

of the movie the story-line moved slowly where in the beginning it was lively and fast-moving; causing a quarter of the fifth star to be subtracted from the final rating. This movie will leave your heart glowing with pain, sorrow, and happiness. I highly recommend this movie to history buffs, suckers for the sad, or anyone who is just looking for an inspirational movie, and see for yourself the life of a man who kept fighting.


“I think the hardest thing in life is to forgive. Hate is self destructive. If you hate somebody, you're not hurting the person you hate, you're hurting yourself. It's a healing, actually, it's a real healing...forgiveness.”

In memory of Louis Zamperini (1917-2014)



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