Unbroken but damaged
Kino, 15/01 10:20am
Running time: 137m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Mature themes and violence)
Release date: 15/01/15
Cost: $10 (Optus rewards)
Rating: 6/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 2.5/5)
Unbroken is the inspirational story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic runner and bombardier during the Second World War who perseveres despite the physical, psychological and emotional hardship. Although there are a few sequences of his childhood and running career, most of the film revolves around his determination to survive, first in a lifeboat and then in a POW camp.
Jack O'Connell delivers a superb performance as Louie with charm, determination and humility. This isn't your usual 'hooray for America' film as it explores the futility of war rather than creating heroes. At times 'the bird' (the senior officer at the prisoner of war camp) seemed like a cartoon villain; cruel and sadistic with no redeeming features, however Miyavi manages to give a good performance despite the limitations of the script.
Perhaps this movie is a victim of its own advertising. There were very few surprises left from the trailer and it was hard to completely believe the hopelessness of the situation after seeing the promotional material. Unbroken features graphic violence and is not for the squeamish. The make-up and visual effects are outstanding as characters succumb to the ravages of their situation. (ME)
ME - Recommended
DP - Recommended... but don't rush out to see it.
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