UNBROKEN, THE BIOPIC THAT TELLS THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF LOUIS "LOUIE" ZAMPERINI, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY ANGELINA JOLIE
The “Unbroken” screenplay, written by eight hands of the Coen brothers, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson narrates the true story of the Olympic athlete and war hero Louis Zamperini, inspired by his biography “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand.
In a double register of time, the first part of the film shows Zamperini as an athlete capable of reaching up to the Berlin Olympics in parallel to his life as a soldier in World War II. The second part is focused on the period lived as a prisoner in a Japanese prison camp.
At the beginning the production seemed intoxicated by the scent of Oscar’s nominee, but despite the good intentions, the nomination has vanished.
The narration reserves a far too wide ellipsis from the protagonist’s life after returning to America fas a veteran, confining in few images many other important Zamperini achievements.
This is the second movie that sees the actress Angelina Jolie converted to the director role after “In the Land of Blood and Honey”, and although the story is emotionally cohesive heavily serialized, the film never exceeds the boundaries of the genre reference and corresponding clichés. Jolie also directed in a mechanical way: aided by a good photography (Roger Deakins), she produces beautiful images, but directs aimlessly.
However noteworthy is the young protagonist acting, the english boy Jack O’Connell, newcomer and almost unknown to the public, is the author of a physical and impact interpretation.
The level of the colleagues with whom Angelina was surrounded allows the movie to not sink, and indeed to likely to excellent profits.
In Italian cinemas from 29 January.
Text by Irene Pazzanese