Four things to know about Unbroken that won’t spoil the movie
- For what it covered Angelina Jolie did a very good job. There is no way to fit this man’s story into one movie. Hat's off to Jolie for the way she developed a lifetime of years in the span of 137 minutes. With that said, there are very significant characters that are barely touched and circumstances that are only hinted of that you will completely miss if you have not read the book. These are not just details but captivating events that you don't want to miss. In addition, the depth of what Zamperini faced and endured left years of significant struggle for him after he returned home that led him to an internal war. This is a missing detail that is needed in order to understand the significance to the final words you read on the screen at the end of the movie. You will not fully know Louis Zamperini unless you know that part of his story. Read the book.
- The movie gives a much needed glimpse of the self-sacrificing service of our soldiers. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of what it means to fight for freedom and it will cause you to be grateful for the willing service that people have given and still give to protect that freedom. In a day and age when thinking deeply about our history is becoming something so few people do this is a message we all need. The movie captures this well but the book will take you to another level of understanding. Read the book.
- Despite how his story is portrayed in the movie it is not a survival story it is a redemption story. Survival stories are inspiring but redemption stories are life changing. While there is no doubt you will walk away encouraged to endure you may miss the point of enduring. There was absolute purpose to Zamperini’s endurance but he did not learn that purpose until the pain of what he lived through led him to the end of his endurance. It was this reality that made this book captivating. That is what hooked me and my son as we read this story together and caused my husband to make sure he was in earshot every time I sat down to read. Redemption draws you in and causes you to feel a stories depth and purpose. This can change your life and it is the most significant reason why you need to read the book.
- There is a reason why Angelina Jolie made this movie. She read the book. Go see the movie. But you know where I am going...read the book.