The incredible and life-affirming true story of the late Louis Zamperini comes to life with Angelina Jolie’s latest directorial effort, Unbroken.
The astounding tale has released a behind-the-scenes featurette that features not only Jolie talking about the importance of this Oscar-buzzing film, but also features some of the last video interviews with the recently passed Zamperini.
As teased in the Unbroken trailer, Zamperini overcame youthful indiscretions to become an Olympic gold medal winning runner. He, like so many of his generation, volunteered for World War II. He fought in the Pacific theater and when his plane was shot down over the ocean he survived for 47 days. He was then rescued, by the Japanese!
He would then spend his next years in a prisoner-of-war camp where the leaders of the camp would use him as an Olympic hero to squash the morale of his fellow prisoners. Only, it didn’t work. Zamperini was resilient and became an inspiration to not only his fellow prisoners of war, but an entire nation and the world.
We, personally, cannot believe this story has not been told before. But in the hands of director Jolie, it appears that the time is right.
Unbroken lands December 25 and stars Jack O’Connell as Zamperini, along with Domhnall Gleeson (to be seen soon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
We leave you with the final quote from the above Unbroken featurette from its subject, “Never give up, never give in.”