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“Unbroken” Spoiler Free Movie Talk

Unbroken Movie Talk

Title: Unbroken

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 2 Hours, 17 Minutes

Genre: War / Drama

Released: December 25, 2014

Director: Angelina Jolie

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson

Available on: HBOMax


In 2010, Laura Hillenbrand published a biography of Louis Zamperini. Four years later, this movie adaptation was released in theaters. This film primarily follows Zamperini’s background as an Olympian and his traumatic experience as a prisoner of war in World War II.

My Thoughts:

After reading Laura Hillenbrand’s book this year, I knew I would eventually watch the movie adaptation. Unbroken is such a remarkable story and I wanted to see how it was adapted for the screen. I procrastinated watching this movie for so long because I was assuming it would be as graphic as the book. This ended up not being the case. With a PG-13 rating and a two hour time constraint, many details were cut.

Visually this movie was phenomenal. While I am glad that I was able to watch this movie in one sitting (I needed to take many breaks while reading the book due to the graphic passages) it felt like a completely different story that was based on the book rather than a direct adaptation. The ending felt too neat for the story as a whole.

All in all I would highly recommend this movie. If I hadn’t read the book first, I would not have any complaints. For those that lack a strong stomach and are wanting to learn more about Louis Zamperini’s story, I would recommend the movie over the book. I could see this movie being used in history classes in school. If you are a history buff, I would recommend the book instead.

Have you watched Unbroken or read the book? Which did you prefer? Let me know in the comments!


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