Unbroken Tuesday, 07 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    An Olympic athlete cops a lot of flak.

  • Starring:

    Jack O'Connell, Jai Courtney, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Takamasa Ishihara, Alex Russell, Maddalena Ischiale, C.J. Valleroy, John D'Leo

  • Directed by:

    Angelina Jolie

  • Running time:

    137 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are shot, beaten, punched, slapped, hit, tormented, pursued, bullied, tackled, hit with objects, spanked, stomped, raked, pecked, animal-attacked, confined, imprisoned, bound, interrogated, clubbed, forced into labour, blindfolded, pushed, shoved, kicked. Animals killed, butchered, shot, attacked, hair-pulled. Explosions, burning buildings/village, rubble. Nuclear mushroom cloud (picture). Mid-air battles, bombs dropped, crash landing, downed aircraft, raid sirens, military vehicles, swastikas. Theft. Screaming, yelling. Beheadings, execution mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (human, animal), emaciated bodies. Bloody faces, noses, mouths, clothing, legs, heads, hands, objects, cuts. Burned/charred skin, bruising, sunburn, peeling skin, blisters, scars, sores, bloodshot eyes. Bandages. Gutting animals, missing fingernails, broken nose reset.


    Nude men (genitals obscured), shirtless men. References to sex, innuendo.


    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Smoking (cigar, cigarettes). Adolescent smoking, drinking.


    S-word, a-word. Name-calling. Slang terms for women. Derogatory terms for Italians. Religous references, exclamations and prayer.


    Louis Zamperini, World War II, prisoners of war, survival, rationing, running, the Olympic Games, determination, family, forgiveness, the four-minute mile, record-breaking, adrfit at sea, ocean rescue, wartime radio broadcasting, emaciation, willpower, courage, strength, heroism.


    Deceased friends/colleagues/airmen. Church setting, burial-at-sea. Spider, sharks, bird (albatross), fish, fishing. Raw meat eaten. Vomiting, spitting. Some Italian and Japanese languages (subtitles). Based on a true story. Based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand.


    Handsome, well-crafted, ambitious, well-paced, riveting, inspiring, immaculate, unbelievable, excellent, great, entertaining, solid, sincere. Incredible true story, admirably condensed narrative, breakthrough performance from Jack O'Connell, solid cast, competent/clean/precise direction, thrilling battle scenes, skillful editing, breathtaking cinematography, neatly woven script, lovingly/reverently crafted.


    Bland, flavourless, dutiful, unemotional, manipulative, controlled, unoffending, safe, lukewarm, lacklustre, over-polished, straight-laced, generic. Cool/uneven tone, loses momentum, doesn't get beneath Zamperini's skin, glosses over Zamperini's post-war life.


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