The Stainless Steel Rat (stainsteelrat) wrote,
The Stainless Steel Rat

Film Review: Unbroken (2014)

Unbroken (2014). Based on the biography by Laura Hillenbrand and directed by Angelina Jolie. The film is initially set in 1943, during World War 2, with a number of US bombers attacking the Japanese island of Nauru. The story focusses on one of the bombers which is damaged by flak and struggles to land on the return to base. As with all biographical tales I find myself wondering how much of Unbroken is true and how much is artistic license, but I didn't easily find an answer to this. Not that the film feels embellished as such as the pacing is fairly slow and the story doesn't feel very overblown. Also as per usual it's perhaps difficult to say watching people suffer (in a wartime environment) is entertainment, but it's certainly a somewhat interesting story. I found the film to be competently acted and directed, although this isn't so much about standout performances as it is nuanced. Fans of darker wartimes stories should enjoy it. 4/5 (Good)
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