By Kevin Price, Publisher and Editor in Chief, USDR.
I was among the lucky many that was able to watch Angelina Jolie’s epic, “Unbroken” on Christmas day. This was the story of Louis Zamperini, a US Olympian who went on to be a POW in Japan during World War II. My family and I had many movies on our watch list, but this one rose to the top. It did not disappoint.
Here are a few reasons why this is a great film:
* The cinematography was excellent. The film was nothing short of breathtaking. It was hard to not keep your eye on it from the moment it began until they played the credits.
* The characters are very believable. There were few well known actors in this film, but that made for more authentic viewing. All of the actors conveyed the characters with strength and credibility.
* An outstanding message. It seems very difficult to find heroic individuals in the world today, Louis Zamperini is certainly one of them. He could not be bribed into becoming a propagandist for the Japanese, though that would had been a very pragmatic thing to do (and he was given the opportunity). He realized the importance of forgiving others (which made this a powerful redemption story). The faith based community has embraced this film and you can easily see why, but it conveys a powerful message without being preachy.
I give this movie four out of 5 stars. It has points where it can drag a little. Other than that, it is a great film. Don’t believe its warm message can be saved for DVD. This is a big screen movie and the kind people should vote for with their ticket purchases. Treat yourself to this classic in the making.