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Going to the movies is a major holiday tradition for a lot of people. There are some films released during the season that play up to the theme (Annie) and others that are a little more unconventional. One such of the latter being Unbroken. Unbroken is Angelina Jolie‘s directorial take on the life of Louis Zamperini. He was an Olympic athlete who was involved in the second world war where unfortunately he was captured. The film is based on the 2010 non-fiction novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. Always one to do the unexpected, The Movie Council’s own Kal’L decided to drop a surprise solo review on the movie as a holiday gift to the group’s supporters. Critics seem to have mixed feelings about the work, find out where he lands on it after the break.

So even though he tackles this one alone, Kal still covers all five of the council’s established categories for the viewer. Though some may not trust Angelina to deliver behind the camera as well as she does in front of it, Kal’L had nothing but positive things to say about her role as director. She was a second choice pick but apparently the best person for the job in the end. On the acting front, Jack O’Connell takes on the lead as Louis Zamperini. According to Mr. Gage, the struggles that Zamperini faced and his ability to pull through them all made the film. So O’Connell obviously nails the character. As this is based on a real life person, that’s quite the accomplishment.

The script went through a few personnel changes as well. But the Coen brothers’ version is the one that made it to the big screen. According to the TMC founder, that was an excellent way to go. He has no serious issues to report as it pertains to the screen play. However, he did think that the chronology of Zamperini’s life could have been handled in a slightly less confusing manner. But that is the only flaw reported. For a film that runs over two hours, that’s not bad at all. So Kal’s verdict on the biography as a whole? Unbroken is a must see in theaters. So maybe take the youngsters to go see Annie and then go catch Unbroken with the adults in the family.

**My Two Cents: I love Angelina Jolie to pieces but was definitely among the skeptics as it pertains to her directing abilities. Especially given that Unbroken is based on true life events as well as a book. But Kal’L makes the movie sound exciting. His thoughts on the main character are what impacted me the most. He makes it seem like O’Connell gives you a subject that you can really relate to and empathize with. I love characters like that. So I might just have to give this one a chance. And he gets holiday kudos for rocking the Santa hat, lol. This is a dope first solo review. I’d suggest giving it a glance. Also, readers need to be sure to keep up with The Movie Council on social media (see beginning of post) and subscribe to their YouTube channel. You never know what’s going to drop next. -MinM