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|Genre:||Drama, War Movie|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 137 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
When Louie Zamperini (Jack O`Connell) competed as a runner for the USA at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936 at the age of only 19, his life seemed to have finally arrived on the home straight to success. For too long it had looked as if the son of Italian immigrants had gone astray. His talent in running opened up completely new possibilities and new dreams for him. But like many other young men, he had to put them on ice for the time being with the outbreak of the Second World War. As a bombardier of the Army Air Corps fought over the Pacific for his country. But when his machine crashed over the South Pacific during a rescue operation, a long road of suffering began for Louie and his two surviving chamberades. For 47 days they floated in a lifeboat on the ocean - 47 days that only two of them survived alive. But when they were picked up by the Japanese Navy, that was only the beginning of a nightmare that would last two long years… to come; e e e e e e e e e .nbsp; e;
With "Unbroken" Angelina Jolie dares to direct an extremely difficult subject. The story of Louis Zamperini is fascinating, frightening, inspiring and thrilling. To do justice to all this in a little more than two hours is a challenge that Jolie masters very well at times. Especially the first twenty minutes promise a gripping war drama, which also works very well as a biography of an extraordinary athlete due to the well used flashbacks. Carried by absolutely convincing actors and impressive pictures, the viewer is very quickly captivated, even if the dialogues and the drawing of the supporting characters are very conventional.
Fastly it becomes apparent that the script of the Oscar-winners Joel & Ethan Coen is the biggest weak point of the film. After the successful start, the action simply lingers too long on the high seas and then in the Japanese prison camp. Although excellently played and captivatingly staged, the viewer is not offered more than 90 minutes to watch a person suffer unspeakable suffering. Surely, the title of the film already says that the central point is to show that all this suffering couldn't break the spirit of Zamperini. But here the script sinks into a monotony that takes much of the message's power away from it. For example, if the script had worked out the psychogames General Watanabe Zamperini wanted to break with even more intensively, and if the much too long scene in the lifeboat had been interrupted by some flashbacks, the end result might have been a bit more powerful than it is in the end.
So it's just difficult to recommend other people to spend money watching other people suffer for two hours. That doesn't mean "Unbroken" is a bad movie. He simply has too many strong scenes and craftsmanship strengths to offer for this. Angelina Jolie also proves to be a really good director for most of the time. But both the script and the resulting production remain too long in the story of suffering. Even though a movie like this isn't supposed to offer entertainment in a light, superficial sense, it doesn't necessarily have to be completely without it to tell such a dramatic story. War movie classics like "Blown Chains" have proven that it is absolutely possible to entertain the audience and at the same time offer depth. Jolie missed this chance, which is why "Unbroken" ultimately falls short of its potential. For those for whom the actors and the story itself are strong enough to overlook the tough moments, this cinematic monument to Louie Zamperini, who died in July 2014, can be warmly recommended. Worth seeing
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