Angelina Jolie certainly hasn’t faltered from being omnipresent in the film scene in recent years. It seems that there’s always something coming out soon with her name attached to it, and usually the viewer’s response is pretty positive after watching. In fact, her most recent film Maleficent has been her highest grossing project of all time, and the reviews seem to be reflecting that fact of the matter. As if she weren’t already successful enough, I think it’s safe to say that she just may have put herself in the running for an Oscar or two with her latest directorial work Unbroken.
Starring Jack O’Connell (Skins fans, get excited), the drama is based on the true story of Louis Zamperini. Once a child with a heavily rebellious side, he decides to turn his life around by working to improve his running skills for the track team. The years pass, and his discipline evolves into him becoming an Olympic champion. However, just when things seem to be going great, the demand of World War II calls for his service, and he is taken as prisoner by Japanese forces.
A true story of triumph and survival, I think that this will be one of the films that will be on my overwhelmingly long list of things to see come December. There are a lot of actors on the rise within its frames, including Garrett Hedlund, who I personally think is going to blow up soon enough. As if there weren’t enough reasons to see this movie already, it was also written by Joel and Ethan Coen, who I believe are legends themselves. Unbroken will be in theaters December 25, so if Santa disappoints, head out and see it instead.