Unbroken tells the true story of POW Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner who survived a plane crash in the Pacific only to be nabbed by the Japanese and put through what's best described as a living hell.
Based on the stunning clip below, Unbroken will be four Oscar-bait films rolled into one: A sports movie chronicling Zamperini's journey as a long distance runner; a romance about his pre-war love affair; a lost-at-sea survival adventure; and a rousing prisoner-of-war parable.
There are also three marvels here. Number one is Jack O’Connell, the British thesp who first gained notice in the little-seen but highly acclaimed films Starred Up and '71. His performance as Zamperini in Unbroken looks positively transcendent. As awards season chugs along, O'Connell should have household-name status locked up.
The second is Jolie. This is only her second time out as a feature director, and to tackle a movie of this size and scope with so little experience behind the camera is just flat-out impressive. Maleficent is so far the second highest-grossing film of the year, but her acting career is about to take a major backseat. By Oscar season, when we're talking about America's elite directors, expect Jolie to be at the top of the heap.
Speaking of which, does anyone have a broom? Unbroken hits theaters on Christmas Day.
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