In a well-made, but one-note film.
In theaters: Thursday, 25 December 2014
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Director: Angelina Jolie
Cast: Jack O'Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson
Johnsaid on Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:26:10 PMAs usual Hollywood and the critics are pathetically out of step with what audiences embrace. This is a rousing,ambitious beautifully executed and acted movie that actually moves you and touches you. Of course in this indifferent and detached age this is forbidden. The fact that there's the strong influence of religious faith in the story is also enough to condemn it in today's Hollywood.
J. O'Toolesaid on Sunday, January 11, 2015 4:31:53 AMYour critique is one note itself. This movie was moving and captivating, capturing the brutality of war. Despite your unduly harsh comments, this is what war was like and captures the essence of the book quite well. The reason you are only a critic is that you would not be able to create such an emotionally riveting movie yourself.
Patrick Yaegersaid on Thursday, January 01, 2015 9:02:52 PMMr. Roeper's review strongest complaint about the film is that there are too many sadistic scenes and explains that this has the consequence of numbing the movie goer. He gives the film a C+. I am shaking my head in exasperation. What story did Mr. Roeper imagine was being told when he sat down to view the film? Two years of intense suffering and brutality were reduced to about 90 minutes of film adaptation. Nevertheless, the spirit of Louis Zamperini remained unbroken and transcended his ordeal later in life. This was conveyed magnificently and thoroughly by the creative team behind the film including Director Jolie. I can only wonder what more Mr. Roeper needed from this story and the storytellers. I would think the power of the unimaginable and awesome events revealed to us and the obvious care and attention paid to each element of the story by the film makers would have allowed him to give Unbroken nothing less than an A. His critiques of this film adaptation of a book that bore witness to incredible events and people seem rather silly and ridiculous in my opinion when one considers the profundity of what was achieved by Louis Zamperini, Laura Hilenbrand, and Angelina Jolie.