Unbroken is my favourite book of all time. It tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an American soldier in World War 2, shot down in the Pacific Ocean where he drifted for 7 weeks in a life raft before being captured by the Japanese. He then spent over two years subjected to horrific treatment in Prisoner of War camps until the end of the war.
In a week when the best movie made in Australia in the last 12 months – The Lego Movie – was snubbed at the Academy Awards, huge credit must go to David Lee of Scott’s Head between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, who has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing in Unbroken.
I was putting off seeing this film because it’s had mixed reviews and the book holds very special meaning to me as it got me through dark days.
Angelina Jolie has done a marvellous job of turning this inspirational story into a powerful film, and it is also her heartfelt tribute to the enduring legacy of Louie’s spirit.
It’s been criticised for lines like “if you can take it you can make it” – a reference to the pain he suffered initially training to be a long distance runner – he ran in the Olympics – but it really was a mantra that enabled him to survive unbearable hardship.
Worth a look. 3 & ½ Stars.