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    Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” – Surviving World War II


    World War II was one of the deadliest wars in human history. Millions took part in this war and, sadly, millions of lives were lost to this inevitable calamity.It has many amazing stories. Some of these amazing stories have been brought to life through movies and novels.


    “Unbroken: A World War II story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption”, the best seller book by Laura Hillenbrand, documents the extraordinary life of Louis Zamperini who was an Olympic runner, a bombardier, a castaway in the Pacific Ocean (for 47 days surrounded by sharks) and the prisoner of war at the Japanese war camps for two years.Zamperini’s strength, will to survive and wartime experience have been revivified in Universal Studio’s “Unbroken”, starring Jack O’Connell. The movie has been directed by Angelina Jolie and will come to theatres on December 25. But, bringing Zamperini’s story back to life took 57 years.


    In 1957, Universal studios acquired the rights to Zamperini’s autobiography “Devil at My Heels” and looked forward to making a movie starring Tony Curtis. But the movie never reached big screens and was shelved even before a script was written for it. Then, in 2010, when Hillenbrand went on to sold more than 4 million copies ofZimperini’s story, Hollywood’s attention was revived.


    The book was optioned by Universal studios, and different drafts were written by (screenwriters) William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese, one of which was shown to Angelina Jolie, who with the movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey” had already made her directorial debut. After being inspired by the story and the strength of human spirit to survive, Jolie fought for the big job and accepted the responsibility to prove it to herself and to the studios that she can do more.


    Australia’s climate and terrain provided the perfect location for a 14-week long shoot, which included the recreation of Naoetsu, Kwajalein and Omori camps for the film. The movie shows the early horrifying life of Zamperini who was a juvenile delinquent before becoming an Olympian runner at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The movie also depicts how he was mentally and physically tortured by his captors at Japanese prison camps for two years, specifically the torture from the brutal Mutsuhiro Watanabe (known as “The Bird”). Zamperini’s post-war life has also been shown in the movie about his flashbacks and nightmares due to PTSD, his fight with alcoholism, his struggle to save his marriage which nearly crumbled, and his efforts to help troubled youth. However, the movie does not mention anything about his brief meeting with Hitler or him stealing a Nazi flag as a souvenir.


    From Jolie’s perspective, the movie is inspiring and promising, and teaches everyone to feel positive about their lives – how a man makes his way through darkness in to light.


    For more details regarding Unbroken, visit: http://www.researchomatic.com/unbroken-a-world-war-ii-story-of-survival-resilience-and-redemption-117148.html

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