Updated: Oct 1, 2020
UNBROKEN is the type of cinematic experience you admire for telling a good ol’ fashion bio-pic, yet the emotional punchline for “Louie” Zamperini’s tremendous accomplishments never packs the climatic wallop director Angelina Jolie intends.
Side Bar Story: Jolie was asked in the Q&A what Louie thought of the film and she stated it wasn’t like that. She further elaborated that Louie fell ill 2 weeks before the premiere and she had the rare opportunity to show the finished movie to him while he was on his deathbed in the hospital. She described it as heartbreakingly emotional to watch a man at the end of his life literally getting to see his life/story play before his eyes. Her telling was much more eloquent than what I can capture here, but her four minute experience told to the audience was much more emotional than the 139 minute film that came before it.
For me, it will always be one of the most amazing Q&A speeches I’ve seen by an artist, film star, Oscar winner, Ambassador and (insert all her additional accolades here).