Unbroken

Unbroken

DVD - 2015
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Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, ©2015
Branch Call Number: UNB
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 137 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Caro12
Jun 03, 2019

A well done movie about one man's fortitude and endurance. Be sure to watch the bonus feature.

bibliosara May 16, 2019

As heartbreaking as it is inspiring, Unbroken tells the story of a man who struggles through a war, through torture, and through impossible odds to become a better man than he was before. Somehow, Zamperini used his experiences to improve himself - the sequel of this movie explains that forgiveness and hope did not come immediately, but rather some time later after a spiritual revelation led him to Christianity. In Unbroken, we watch Zamperini's journey from hometown long shot to soldier to prisoner, feeling our own hearts torn as we watch him come close to breaking again and again. Yet the hope that comes from his survival will be worth every painful moment.

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Nelyta29
Feb 08, 2019

A few years ago I watched the cable broadcast of the interview of Angelina Jolie in reference to the back story of this movie "Unbroken". They went into more detail about how he suffered alcoholism and struggled to finally reach the point of stability and understanding with his purpose in regards to the church and God.

Since, I do not regularly keep up with movies and releases, I completely missed this opportunity until I stumbled across the documentary at the local New Tampa Library. The movie actually tells less of his story then what was provided with the interview which left me wanting more.

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The movie provided all the suspense expected in a WWII movie and the strength one human soul can endure. It was hard, as always, to watch how the human body can be pushed to the limits by nature and the inhumanity of another. The way "the bird" treated Louis was solely based on breaking his spirit or the intent to. My favorite part of the movie is when he chose to suffer with his fellow prisoners of war then lie on Japanese national radio for the commodities of life. How true that story is to the actual events of the time, I will never know but it was a great scene. If only all of humanity felt this compassionate about their fellow man, we wouldn't have psychological abuse, harassment, bullying, or suicide.

I am familiar with the histories of how violent war can be based on past Vietnam Veteran studies and can say that this was no different. How far the Japanese culture has come from that time to now by understanding the spiritual ramifications of their actions and having now made efforts to resolve pain and suffering that was caused to any soldiers that were still living by flying them out to Japan is a beautiful story. I would just like to see the same understanding and acknowledgement of the actions of American soldiers on the Japanese land by nuclear weapons.

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denisecurcio
Jan 18, 2019

Simply amazing ! Everything...the story, the acting, the takeaway...wonderful!

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cbeaudoin35
Jul 23, 2018

Absolutely a super movie they do not make them like this very often.

ArapahoeRebekah Jul 08, 2018

This movie, based on a true story, is both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. The direction is excellent, and so are the actors. I was impressed and moved by the main character's strength and integrity.

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mr_chocolate
May 25, 2018

This Angelina Jolie directed, and Joel and Ethan Coen written film, depicts the life of a 1936 Olympian runner that endures brutal conditions in a Japanese prison camp. It seemed somewhat long, but did show how the human spirit survived impossible situations, without being "broken," and bitter.
The bonus feature on this DVD: The Real Louis Zamperini, is worthwhile and has an interview and footage with the Olympian Italian American, along with the director and author of the book.
I have not read the 2010 book by Laura Hillenbrand, 'Unbroken: A WW II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption' (three years on the New York Times Bestsellers List), nor the later young adult adaption; 'Unbroken: An Olympian Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive.'

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Nooksack20
Apr 10, 2018

Terrific story!

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Gwen904
Feb 27, 2018

Nice film about World War II. I wouldn't exactly watch again, but it was interesting to see once.

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Alanreviews
Nov 18, 2017

Well made movie. Cut short, undeep, and feels rushed. It only covers Louis Zamperini's time in the 1940s and some scenes in his childhood. I do not recommend to watch this movie as a summary of the book.

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Alanreviews
Mar 23, 2018

Alanreviews thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 60

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blue_monkey_4844
Sep 05, 2017

blue_monkey_4844 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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red_cat_1581 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

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Jun 03, 2015

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Mar 24, 2015

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jimg2000
Apr 30, 2015

Watanabe: You are like me. We are both strong. I saw it in your eyes...The first day. I thought ...This man will be my friend But...Enemy of Japan.
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Phil: They've been taking parts off this for other planes. We're lucky it's still got an engine.
Cup: Well, the lieutenant says it's airworthy. It's been certified, he says.
Phil: ...by Helen Keller.

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jimg2000
Apr 30, 2015

Louis: I'm gonna kill him.
-Then they shoot you.
Louis: I don't give a damn.
Let them shoot me.
-That's not how we beat them. We beat them by making it to the end of the war alive. That's how we do it. That's our revenge.
Louis: If I can take it, I can make it.
-Precisely.
Louis: My brother Pete used to say that. He used to think that I could do anything. He used to think that I was better than I am.
-Who says you're not?

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jimg2000
Apr 29, 2015

Pete Zamperini: “You keep going the way you’re going, you’ll end up as a bum on the street. You train. You fight harder than those other guys and you win. If you can take it, you can make it. You can do this, Lou, you just gotta believe you can. Pop does. Ma does. I do. Louie, a moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.

Priest: “However dark the night, however dim our hopes, the light will always follow darkness.”

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JihadiConservative
Jun 03, 2015

Violence: Not violence with guns. However it is strong with beatings. Some of which makes you cringe because of the brutality. However, I think a mature 11 year old can handle it.

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