Unbroken Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Unbroken

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

    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.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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