Directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is an historical and biographical drama based on the book Unbroken: A World War II Story Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is set during the World War II, depicting the experiences of USA Olympian athlete Louis Zamperini as a Japanese Navy captive and his life prior to the war.
As portrayed in the film, Zamperini was assigned on a rescue mission and was aboard a bombardier when his plane crashed. After being stuck on a raft for 47 days, he was picked up by Japanese military ship which ultimately leading to his capture. He was then sent to a camp in Tokyo where he spent his long days in an army camp, resisting the cruel treatment from a sadistic Japanese commander Watanabe. All while he strive to stay strong and determined, for his survival and his comradeâ€™s freedom.
The film received mixed reactions from critics and its audience. Aside from this, the film also garnered controversy from Japanese nationalists who was enraged by the book where the film was based on, with its negative portrayal of Japanese Army and its issues with cannibalism. It also received criticism for neglecting to portray Zamperiniâ€™s struggles with PTSD and alcoholism, and failing to include his religious conversion.
But despite the negative reaction, the film also received several accolades including Best Action or Adventure Film in Saturn Awards and was even nominated in Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing and Mixing category in Academy Awards.