At the 4:15 p.m. New Year's Eve showing, my hubby and I went to see the phenomenal film, Unbroken. My son, Steve, and his wife saw it the day after Christmas and highly recommended it. The film was released on Christmas Day.
Directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is the true story of American WWII war hero and Olympian [long distance runner], Louis Zamperini.
The movie is based on Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 New York Times best seller, Unbroken, a biography of Zamperini.
The 2 hour 17 minute movie will evoke practically every emotion you possess... fear, anger, happiness, gratitude, admiration - to name a few, and it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.
During Zamperini's 47 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean after his bomber crashed, and two years of brutality in Japanese prison camps, he promised God that if He helped him survive the war, He would become a Christian. And he did just that at a Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles in 1949. He became a motivational Christian speaker, and returned to Japan as a missionary where he met with and forgave the prison guards who had mistreated him.
He was selected to be the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade, and despite his passing on July 2, 2014 with pneumonia at age 97, the Tournament of Roses still honored him as the Grand Marshal.
Zamperini's 1912 childhood Craftsman bungalow home on Gramercy Avenue in historic Old Torrance, California was the setting for Christmas teas in 2009, 2010, and 2011 to raise money to preserve the area.