I like drama movies. I have been getting into seeing drama movies that are based on true-life stories. After seeing the trailer for Unbroken which is a story of Olympian Louis Zamperini who became a P.O.W during World War II after surviving 47 days at sea when his plane crashes and then enduring all that a P.O.W camp put him through, I really wanted to see this movie.
Unbroken is a portrait of Louis Zamperini as a man who has gone for it, when it comes to what life has to offer and endured with what life can do to you. The opening scene of the movie shows him serving as part of a bomber crew in World War II. After, an attack, it is discovered they had no working brakes on the plane. I heard that people at certain moments of their lives reflect back on their lives. It would seem that the filmmaker of this movie decides to have it look like that is being done here.
We learn how Louis was encouraged to join the track team and ends up being the best in his high school's history. I mention Louis going far when it came to what life had to offer. He did that by setting a world record at the Olympics. During all of this, what stuck in my mind was two things;; his brother said to him. One was you can take it, you can make it and the other was a moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory. I believe throughout the film and towards the end of the film these things ring extremely true for Louis.
Then we come to the crash that lands them in the ocean for 47 days. I saw a segment of Tom Brokaw about Unbroken with Vets featured in it. One mentions that right attitude is a key to surviving the P.O.W camp. Louise has that from the first moment of being in the ocean on the raft. He states “ We are not going to die here.” The man also prays to God, if you get me out of this, I will serve you for the rest of my life. A promise he kept.
As for enduring what life can do to you, Louise gets out off the ocean only to end up in a P.O.W camp. You can take it, you can make it, comes back into play. He has to endure a lot of more after his time in the ocean. Let's just say him getting into fights as young boy really helps his ability to endure. At one point, Louis and the other P.O.Ws are moved to a worse P.O.W camp. Now they have to be involved in some sort of mining work; there it would seem that Louis's endurance has greatly weakened. But then there is a moment with other P.O.W watching,as he rally.
Like I mentioned earlier, Louis during World War II survived being at sea and a P.O.W. There is a moment where he arrives home and is greeted by a crowd of people with his family there as well; that moment backs up what I believe the meaning of; you can take it, you can make it and one moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory means. Here Louis stands alive in that moment and has endured in order to stay. He succeeded with that and just being alive in that moment is now worth all of that pain. If you wonder what kind of man, he continued to be for the rest of his life. The action of him carrying the Olympic torch for the Olympic games in Tokyo seems to give a clear and interesting picture of him for people to see.