Starring: Jack O’ Connell, Domhall Gleason
Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Earlier today, I’ve just seen the Angelina Jolie directed WWII film, “Unbroken” which is about the real life POW war vet, Louis Zamperini. Here is my review:
Plot/synopsis: An Olypmian track runner named Louis Zamperini was deployed to fight in a plane during World War II but he ended up getting stuck on a raft for 47 days in the Pacific ocean after the plane was shot down. Then later he was captured by the Japanese and sent to Japanese prison camps.
I know this film is gonna get a lot of criticism ’cause it’s directed by Angie and I know she’s not everyone’s favorite person but I loved her for a long time and still do. I’ve supported her work for years and for a long time now, I had a feeling that she was gonna turn into a director someday and she’s making her directing dreams come true. One thing to keep in mind, though that this isn’t her directorial debut. Her film, “In the Land of Blood & Honey” was her directorial debut. “Unbroken” was her second directorial film.
I thought “Unbroken” was really really good. It was a pretty powerful and sad film. It kind of had the same feelings of “In The Land of Blood & Honey” which was also a great film. I thought Jack O’ Connell was perfect to play a young Louis ’cause him and the real Louis look almost exactly alike if you google the pics.
I thought Angie did a great job with her directing style. The camera work was very well done and the cinematography was well done too. Angie seems to know what she’s doing. Even if she haven’t had much directing experience in the past, I’m pretty sure she learned how to direct by acting in movies over the years of her career. She spent most of her life acting in film and I’m sure she learned directing just by watching other directors. I’m sure other directors taught her some stuff as well. It seemed like she took this movie seriously and definitely seemed like she knew what she was doing.
The script was well-written too, in my opinion as the Coen Brothers helped write the script. 4 people wrote the script to this movie and the Coen Bros. helped them out.
I thought the acting of the entire cast was well played and was impressed with Domhall Gleason (who’s one of the cast members of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
The torture scenes in the film can get quite graphic and disturbing, though. The torture was the whole point of the movie ’cause without the torture, it wouldn’t work. I haven’t read the book which the film is based on but maybe I should read the book pretty soon.
After watching, “In the Land of Blood & Honey” and this film here, I think Angie is gonna be a great director. She already is a great director and she has a huge directing career ahead of her. I’m actually glad that she wants to move on from acting and start directing. I thought she did a great job.
I’m sure people are gonna accuse her of chasing an Oscar for this film but I don’t think so. She wanted to bring America’s attention of what Louis went through and to show that he was an American war hero. It’s a pretty important and serious film that should be seen by all Americans. It wasn’t really made for your popcorn entertainment. If you’re expecting, “Black Hawk Down” or the “Hurt Locker”, look else where. This isn’t that kind of war movie.
I’ll give “Unbroken” a score of 5 out of 5 as in “excellent”.