Unbroken

Unbroken
Unbroken
  • PG-13
  • 2h 17m
  • 2014
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Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces this epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived on a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII – only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) enormously popular book, it’s the inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten51%
Critics Consensus: Unbroken is undoubtedly well-intentioned, but it hits a few too many of the expected prestige-pic beats to register as strongly as it should.
Reviews
The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Claudia Puig
Rotten

Unbroken is an odyssey detailing a harrowing ordeal and insurmountable odds. But this polished sto...

June 25, 2017
The Atlantic
Lenika Cruz
Rotten

Unbroken falls short of the epic war drama and sweeping testament-to-the-human-spirit it strives t...

June 25, 2017
The Age (Australia)
Philippa Hawker
Fresh

It is a handsome film, bleak and dark and elegantly filmed told with a mixture of intensity and so...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
Fresh

A straightforward and entirely commendable story about the triumph of the human spirit, etc.

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Intense WWII biopic is inspiring but doesn't go deep enough.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Unbroken is Angelina Jolie's affecting, inspiring biopic about Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic athlete who finds himself tested all sorts of ways during World War II, culminating in a two-year stint in a Japanese prison camp. As expected based on the source material (the script was adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's book about Zamperini's life), there are plenty of scenes showing torturous abuse, including beatings, verbal harangues, and psychological attacks; some of it is quite difficult to watch. Aerial combat footage includes explosions, and Zamperini's time adrift on the ocean is also intense; at one point, he and his boatmates take on sharks with their bare hands. Language is infrequent and mild, but some early scenes portray a teenager smoking and drinking. Families may want to check out Hillenbrand's young adult adaptation of her bestselling book.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 25, 2014
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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