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Angelina Jolie's Moving 'Unbroken' Trailer Does Louis Zamperini Justice

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | July 10, 2014 | Comments ()


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I rarely read non-fiction, but the buzz around Laura Hillenbrand’s account of Louis Zamperini’s absolutely insane and inspiring life caused me to pick up her book last year, and once I did, I simply couldn’t put it down. Zamperini — who died at the age of 97 (only eight days ago) — really lived through at least three lives; each could easily have made for an interesting tale on its own. The history of his childhood and the start of his Olympic track career, his military service and adventures as a bombardier, a Life of Pi-ish ocean survival after a plane crash, and his subsequent capture by the Japanese military is alternately exhilarating and soul-crushing. Zamperini’s lives begged to be told, both in book and film form.

Directed by Angelina Jolie, and headed up by rising star Jack O’Connell (who’s receiving rave reviews for his performance in Starred Up, Unbroken will likely do well at the box office, but even better is that the trailer looks great:



Maybe it’s cheesy to admit, but that both gave me chills, and made me a little teary. If you haven’t yet read Hillenbrand’s book, just do it — you won’t be sorry. And meet me at the theater Christmas Day.

With a screenplay written by Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra, Beautiful Creatures), and William Nicholson (Gladiator, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and cinematography by Roger Deakins, Unbroken co-stars Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Jai Courtney.

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  • hapl0

    Trailer made me cry. I'm in..

  • Art3mis

    It's an incredible story, but the trailer concerns me a little. I don't want it to be a series of cliché lines about getting back up and continuing to fight (even though that is, in fact, what Zamperini did).

  • logan

    I will see this movie.

    The Olympics and the war and the POW years are amazing enough but for me its the fact that to get peace he went back to Japan and FORGAVE the men that abused him is incredible.

    I read a lot about this man and they dont make them like that anymore.

  • --

    I wonder who the editor is because Ms. Jolie has been everywhere but the editing room since filming wrapped. The Academy can't wait to give her another Oscar.

  • Bananapanda

    The book was amazing but I think the movie could add a layer by giving us more personality and heart. I'll be there to support an amazing story, a good movie and a woman director (this could be a banner year).

  • pfeiffer87

    Egh. I'll pass, looks a bit too oscar-baity to me with all the usual cliche lines.

  • Jelinas

    If I were were you are, I'd totes go watch with you. <3 Can't wait until Unbroken hits theaters in CZ (if it ever does -_-)!!

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    WWII stories are my Achilles heel. I'll be there with bells on and probably watch Band of Brothers afterward.

  • PDamian

    Yeah, it's Oscar-bait all right ... but I still wanna see it. This might actually be worth the ten bucks (central MN prices).

  • Sars

    made me teary too.

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  • indiemuse

    Obligatory "F***IN' COOK!"

  • That was my response. COOK!

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