Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) serves dangerous bombing missions during World War II. His plane goes down during a rescue mission, and he and two comrades founder on lifeboats with no help in sight. The sprawling Unbroken includes childhood mischief, prison camps, nefarious officers, tremendous cruelty and victories for the human spirit. It also represents the directorial debut of Angelina Jolie.
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ClearPlay has a busy evening with Unbroken, cutting scenes of rear male nudity, editing about 25 instances of profanity, and countless beatings. Some violent imagery is still present to give the story context. Besides the prison camp cruelty, there are many harrowing scenes that will be too intense for younger viewers (and my wife). Tread with caution.
If it ain’t Unbroken, does it need fixing?...
Jolie has a surprisingly deft touch with the action scenes in Unbroken, adding tension to aerial combat and life raft scenes a like. At 2 hours and 17 minutes, the epic tends to buckle under its own weight. Zamperini’s trials are compelling, but the movie has a tendency to lose its way at times, drifting through its last third. Still, as a document of wartime and the importance of perseverance, Unbroken is certainly worth seeing.
Marty Nabhan, ClearPlay Movie Gunner
Rated PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language; 137 mins; Directed by Angelina Jolie