I never thought I'd say this about a movie, but here goes: I hope Unbroken has a sequel. Or perhaps a prequel. Or anything to tell the rest of the story. Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling biography of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, which I have not read, is a well-made tease—a shiny but fleeting picture more appropriately categorized as a superhero movie than a biographical drama.
Zamperini’s amazing life is considered the stuff of legends, but that doesn’t mean it actually was a legend (he died at age 97 last July). He was simply a human, by all accounts a man of unmatched integrity, character, generosity, and wisdom. But over the course of 137 minutes, about all Jolie reveals of Zamperini is his name, hometown, and robotic ability to withstand any and all kind of physical and mental abuse. M. Night Shyamalan offered more character depth in Unbreakable.
Director: Angelina Jolie
Producers: Matthew Baer, Angelina Jolie, Erwin Stoff, Clayton Townsend
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, Laura Hillenbrand (novel)
Cinematographer: Roger Deakins
Editors: William Goldenberg, Tim Squyres
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cast: Matthew Crocker, Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Takamasa Ishihara (Miyavi), Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Maddalena Ischiale
US Theatrical Release: December 25, 2014
US Distributor: United Pictures