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  • Gareth Crook

Unbroken (2014)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

The title here tells you all you need to know. It's one of those single word defiant statement titles. The kind that's very popular in American cinema. It's over produced which is a shame, such a story seems to warrant a bit more grit, but it does get pretty brutal, it's a depiction of war after all. The three stories are all about endurance, spirit and dogged determination and with a screenplay by the Coen Brothers you'd expect to feel kinda safe, however it never quite hits the spot. I was surprised at the credits to see it was directed by Angelina Jolie, not saying that's the problem, but I now can't help wonder if someone else may have made a better film with the subject material. A big issue is the music, far too dramatic and clumsy and the coda of real photos and footage at the end soundtracked by Coldplay is unforgivable. Still, it's worth a watch, Domhnall Gleeson is good, Jack O'Connel is passable and it is a remarkable story.

6/10


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