After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
The life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. Only to be captured by the Japanese navy after a plane crash in the Pacific. During his capture, Louie must continue his fight by surviving through the war. Written by
The film was shown at the Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, at the Vatican on January 8, 2015. Pope Francis, who was aware of Louis Zamperini's story, did not attend the screening, but did meet the film's director, Angelina Jolie, and Luke Zamperini, the late athlete's son, afterwards. See more »
When Louis departs for the 1936 Olympics, he boards a train consisting of wooden passenger cars with open platforms. By 1936, virtually all passenger trains had steel cars with enclosed vestibules. The train used in the film would be more correct for the 1890s. See more »
We are here.
At 8,000 feet. This is it, boys.
You got it, Zamp?
[dialing in bombing scope]
You hit this one, drinks are on me.
I ain't going to a bar with you, handsome. You confuse all the broads.
Get your cameras, boys. I'm gonna light it up like Christmas.
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Although it is an exceptional story in it's own right, the film fails to dazzle or inspire as the book did. It never fully materializes into the epic experience it wants to be. The script was problematic from the get-go. Attributing a mans extremely brutal POW experience with a spiritual awakening and strength in God does not translate well on the big screen. Blending those two subject matters together in a seamless way while maintaining the violent theme that the director imposes on the audience just doesn't work. This films tries to be too many things so naturally it fails to be anything. You cant please everyone.The buzz over the last two years promoting this film really boosted my expectations. Only to feel extremely let down and honestly, conned. Perhaps it was a lack of budget or the lack of talent behind the screen. On screen the talent was impressive and I think we have found a new budding star in newcomer Jack O'connell. Very impressive indeed.
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