(2014) (Jack O'Connell, Miyavi) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A young American Olympic runner must contend with being stranded at sea and then imprisoned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during WWII.
- It's 1943, and after surviving a Zero attack during their bombing mission, the American crew of a B-24 is sent on a rescue mission. But they experience mechanical problems that result in their plane crashing into the Pacific ocean more than 800 miles south of Oahu, killing eight of the eleven men aboard. The survivors are the pilot, Capt. Russell Alan "Phil" Phillips (DOMHNALL GLEESON); tail gunner Sgt. Francis "Mac" McNamara (FINN WITTROCK); and bombardier second lieutenant Louis "Louie" Zamperini (JACK O'CONNELL).
The latter grew up as a troubled kid (C.J. VALLEROY) but turned around his life once his older brother, Pete (JOHN D'LEO), got him into running. Louie excelled at that and eventually participated in the 1936 Olympics. But now there's nowhere to run as he, Phil and Mac are stuck at sea in a life raft with little food and no water.
Forty-seven days later, two of them are captured by the Japanese, with Louie ending up in a POW camp run by the sadistic Mutsuhiro Watanabe (MIYAVI), a.k.a. "The Bird." Singled out by him, Louie must endure repeated beatings at his hands, all while trying to hold onto the advice given to him by fellow POW John Fitzgerald (GARRETT HEDLUND) who says that their best revenge against the Japanese will be surviving until the war is over.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those interested in movies related to WWII may be intrigued, as might those who've read the book on which this is based.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language.
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