Based on the best selling novel by Laura Hillenbrand, the true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. The film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, took us through Zamperini’s early life until the end of World War II. This one, directed by Harold Cronk, takes his story on from the point he returns home after the war.
Much discussion has been had about the support our veterans need once they return home from war.The things they have seen, lived through and had to do to survive is something no one should have to live through. They do this in defense of the life we lead, to allow us to retain the liberties we enjoy. Once home they often have a hard time readjusting. They need support. As strong a man as Louis Zamperini was he was no different. This film shows that.
Once home Louis (played by Samuel Hunt) tries to reintegrate into life. Though famous as a hero he is having a tough time finding work. While at the beach with his friend Harry (played by Andrew Caldwell) he meets the young woman who would soon become his wife, Cynthia (played by Merritt Patterson).
The two are young and in love. Life, however, is not all hearts and flowers as Louis is still having problems finding work and tormented by dreams and memories of his time as a prisoner of war in Japan. The evil Watanabe (played by David Sakurai) seems to haunt his every moment.
Cynthia begins to notice her husband’s problems and worries about him. Especially since she discovers she is pregnant. Cynthia directs her husband towards God and accepting him into his life. His faith is what begins to get him through the hell he is living.
The film tries to give insight into what life is like for many war veterans when they come home. It is never easy. We see how hard it is in this film. Solid acting and confident directing brings plenty of realism to the film. Get the opportunity to see how it might feel. A Christian film and a biography.
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