Opinions Reviews — 05 February 2015

Defying odds, surviving solitude and staying sane. Stranded after a plane crash, in the middle of the ocean after seeing their comrades fall to death and spending 45 days in a raft, three men try to defy all odds in Unbroken.

The main character in the original book and the new movie is Louie Zamperini, played by Jack O’Connell. He was running in the Olympics for the United States when World War II started, and he went to defend our country. He was an air man in one of the greatest teams, in my opinion, as they managed to defend themselves versus an entire fleet of Japanese planes. Their plane was barely flying when they landed back on their base.

Shortly after landing, they were told another American fleet was stuck, so they had to go look for them out in the Pacific Ocean. The plane they got after returning was not in good shape at all, and in the middle of the flight, they lost power to the engines and crashed into the ocean.

Only three men survived that crash. Those three men were in the ocean for at least 45 days. One of the men died at sea, and the other two men had to lay his body to rest at sea. That left Louie and Paul. Shortly after the death of their third person, the two were picked up, but not by Americans. They were now prisoners of war, sent to different prison camps without each other.

While in prison camp, Louie recognized someone — once again, not an American — but, it was a Japanese man who he had beat in the Olympics. Louie and and all of the fellow prisoners had to do the unthinkable to survive the harshest conditions. Then, they were eventually saved and had to come back to life in America.

In my opinion, this one of the best movies that I have seen in a very long time. It puts life into perspective, such as how blessed we are to live in a country like America where we have people like Louie and all the other men and women that defend our country. I think that if some people were placed in that situation, many would just rather not live. They had to endure torturous acts that I could not even dream of. The movie is very impactful and not a light-hearted movie. I would recommend it to those who are looking for a movie that is going to leave a lasting impression or a movie that is going to open your eyes to the struggles our military faces. I would give the movie a nine out of 10.

Article by Alexis McCormick, newspaper/video editor in chief

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