PG-13 2hrs 17mins (2014)
This is a true story. This story is about an Italian immigrant family, and the struggle a boy Louis Zamperini (C.J. Valleroy) had, being accepted by his peers. The family were avid church goers, but Louis seemed to be distracted. Louis seemed to look for trouble everywhere he went. His older brother Pete (John D’Leo) was on the track team, and saw him running after getting into trouble one day. Pete told Louis he was going to join the track team. When Louis did join, he worked hard and became very good. As Louis (Jack O’Connell) got older he became the best, and was invited to the Olympic trials. Louis started out in the back of the crowd, but towards the end of the race Louis ran the best lap in the history of the Olympics and qualified. Louis, shortly after, joined the military and became a bombardier. He still trained for the Olympics on the base. His unit was called to bomb a compound on an island, and were engaged by enemy planes. Their plane barely made it back. But the victory was short lived. Louis’ unit were assigned to go back out and look for a crew that abandoned their plane in the ocean. Louis’ crew had to take a different plane because theirs was destroyed from the last mission. The plane they took was junk, and the engines went out while searching for the other crew. The plane goes down in the ocean, and only Louis and two other men survive. One night during a horrible storm, Louis prayed that if God let him survive he will devote his life to God. They drift at sea for months, one of them passed before being captured by a Japanese war ship. After starving and dehydrating for months, now they were put into a jungle prison. They were in a solitary confinement and beat, until at the brink of insanity, they are moved to an internment camp. The leader of the camp was called the Bird, and he was a ruthless sadist. Upon arrival at the camp, the Bird broke Louis’ nose only for the enjoyment of it. For days, the Bird beat Louis for no reason. Will Louis survive this test of life? Will Louis make it home, or will the Bird finally break him? You will have to watch and see.
This film was directed by Angelina Jolie. Other films she has directed are: In the Land of Blood and Honey and By the Sea. Angelina’s vision for this film was a telling of the true event of a horribly misfortunate individual that only has his faith in God grow stronger.
The plot to this motion picture was direct, being that is was a true story. The storyline was brilliantly written and executed. The CGI was perfect and absolutely realistic. The props and effects were stunning. The sets and locations were well scouted and constructed. The wardrobe and makeup was spot on. The score for the film was fantastic, and helped bring emotion to the film. The acting was really quite marvelous. Domhnall Gleeson played a fantastic role. He portrayed a God loving pilot that has quite a great outlook on even the grimmest circumstances. Miyavi played the head of Japanese prison camp, but due to some internal turmoil in his life he is a very sadistic human. He played such an emotional role. Jack O’Connell was very passionate about his role. He gave a very compelling performance. I knew nothing of this story beforehand, and I enjoyed this film. I do recommend this movie.
The motion picture was rated PG-13, and due to its nature should have probably been rated R. This film had partial nudity, torture, blood, violence, murder, adult language, adult situation, and adult content. I do not recommend anyone under the age of 18 view this film.
By Dan Jones