Watch: Unbroken 2014 123movies, Full Movie Online – The life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. Only to be captured by the Japanese navy after a plane crash in the Pacific. During his capture, Louie must continue his fight by surviving through the war..
Plot: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
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The Themes of Loyalty, Determination, Perseverance and Forgiveness Make This Relevant to a Young Adult Audience
Unbroken tells the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who joined the armed forces in World War II and endured tortured until the end of the war.
Although Unbroken is the third film Angelina Jolie has directed, Jolie skillfully recounts Zamperini’s life. The first half weaves in and out of Zamperini’s childhood and life in the Japanese prisoner- of-war camp.
Some of the cinematography is gripping, such as the scene in which Zamperini and his friends encounter sharks while they’re lost in the middle of an ocean. The opening shots of Zamperini’s crew struggling to stay alive in their airplane immediately engage the audience.
Despite the occasional frantic scenes, the movie succeeds best by focusing on its plot, which is intellectually fulfilling. There aren’t any extraneous scenes and the story is straightforward. However, I didn’t feel emotionally connected. I was looking forward to watching Zamperini develop relationships with his friends during the war. But, there isn’t much of that. The ending, which is when the war finally ends, feels a bit rushed and didn’t feel gratifying. Most of the film centers on Zamperini withstanding suffering. Although Unbroken is rated PG-13, there are several violent scenes in which the protagonist is beaten. I recommend it for ages 13 to 18.
Jolie’s storytelling conveys the themes clearly. Zamperini was known as a troublemaker during his childhood. Yet, he worked hard to become a great runner and eventually was good enough to enter the Olympics. After his crew’s plane crashes, he manages to stay alive, even despite a brutal 47 days stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When he’s captured by the Japanese navy and is sent to a prisoner-of-war camp, he endures severe beatings. When he’s presented the opportunity to live luxuriously in exchange for aiding the Japanese, he refuses. When the war ends, he forgives his World War II enemies and fulfills his dream by participating in a marathon in Japan. The themes of loyalty, determination, perseverance and forgiveness make the movie very relevant to today’s society. As Lauren Hillenbrand writes in her book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, “A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain.”
This inspiring movie is fitting for the holiday season. Reviewed by Gabriella C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Fabulous story, and troubling, but also weirdly bland, despite first rate filming…
Heartbreaking, inspiring true story, told and directed in straight up high quality realism. There is some true intensity in the fighting scenes, in the survival scenes on the raft, and in the prison camp with its torture and hardship. And this is balanced by determination and hope.
If that sounds generic, in a way that fits—the movie follows some tried and true formulas. The beginning has us with the hero, Louis Zamperini (played by Jack O’Connell), in a big bomber heading for some targets against Japan in WWII. As trouble begins, leading to the crash which makes up the real start of the movie, we also get flashbacks to his simple Italian-American childhood. This is effective, but it’s sentimental stuff. And it lets you know the kind of wholesome intentions of the movie.
There is a lot going on here, in three main sections: running, surviving on a raft, and the prison camps. That Zamperini suffers and endures is the point of the film, and in that way the narrative is very straight forward. There are villains and buddies. The skies rain bombs and the sea is full of sharks. Some people are merciless, and others kind. But in the middle, through every turn and travail, is Zamperini. “If you can take it, you can make it,” is a mantra in the film, and that’s the message.
The direction and photography were first rate very subtle in a spectacular way (or vice versa). It’s a truly fine film, and director Angelina Jolie (in her second feature, after a terrible first try) does a really good job. The story, co-written by the Coen brothers and others, based on a book by Laura Hillenbrand, is a great bit of history, quite sensational stuff.
So why did we leave the movie feeling just so-so about it all? I’m not sure how to nicely say this, but it’s really a good story, well told, lacking some quality of surprise or depth it really needs to rise above. As amazing as the photography and editing (and so on) are, it’s all in service to a fairly ordinary kind of story. Not that this man’s life is ordinary at all, but the way it develops and is told is oddly routine, as narrative storytelling.
Good stuff, for sure. It’s a bit hard to take sometimes for its brutality–there is a lot of graphic, personal violence–and the Japanese camps are portrayed as truly cruel (which many in Japan object to). But it’s an impressive movie in many ways.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 17 min (137 min)
Genre Action, Biography, Drama
Director Angelina Jolie
Writer Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese
Actors Jack O’Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. 14 wins & 33 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Datasat, Dolby Digital, SDDS, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa XT M, Arri/Zeiss Master Prime Lenses, Arri Alexa XT Plus, Arri/Zeiss Master Prime Lenses, Arri Alexa XT Studio, Arri/Zeiss Master Prime Lenses, Arri Alexa XT, Arri/Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
Laboratory EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (color) (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema