For me, the Christmas holidays are definitely a time for cinema trips. There always seems to be an avalanche of great new films released as one year ends and the next starts.
Unbroken was very high on my 'must see' list this holiday especially as it saw Angelina Jolie make her directing debut - which did not disappoint! The film was incredible; gripping, moving and totally inspiring.
Based on a true story, the plot followed Louis Zamperini - an American Olympic protege - as he enlisted to fight for his country in the second world war.
A large section of this film documented the 47 days which Louis and two comrades spent on a life raft, lost at sea after crash landing their plane whilst on a search mission. While the slow pace of this section wouldn't appeal to everyone, I really liked it as it allowed a lot of character development (who doesn't love a good bit of character development?!) Flashbacks were also used while the trio were at sea to give a bit of background to Louis's Olympic running career. Flashbacks can often be overdone but in this film they were perfectly placed giving extra depth to the plot without becoming frivolous!
I don't want to give too much away in case you get the chance to see this film, but I will say that Louis's life was by no means easy after he was 'rescued' from sea.
Being a bit of a history geek, I love war films and whilst this wasn't your usual action packed war film, my dad and brother who love a bit of action, both saw it and loved it too.
Jack O'Connell was incredible as Louis and I would now definitely go and see a film just because Angelina Jolie directed it! Unbroken is definitely a must see!
Have you seen Unbroken or anything else over the holidays?
Lots of love,