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February 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm #141201
Directed by Jolie
Scripted by Coen brothers
Cinematography by Roger Deakins
Scored by Alexandre Desplat
Staring Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini
Distributed by Universal
Release date: Dec 25, 2014
Based on “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” book.
Synopsis: Movie tells incredible true story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini’s survival over 47 days at sea and three years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.
February 18, 2014 at 12:17 am #141203
The visuals are outstanding. I can see this movie being a big hit and here’s hoping that Jack O’Connell gets in the Best Actor race.February 18, 2014 at 8:58 am #141204
Having read the book, it’s hard to imagine how they could film it in under 6 hours – he had an amazing life. I read the Coens gave up on filming it themselves because it was too complicated (WWII dogfights, stranded at sea episode, Japanese prisoner of war camp – all period stuff). I’ll be astonished if Angelina can pull this off, but I hope she does because I really want to see this story well told.February 18, 2014 at 10:03 am #141206
This trailer didn’t really do much for me. The story interest me though, and I’m willing to give it a shot. But the trailer didn’t do much to excite me.February 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm #141207
Scripted by Coen brothers? Trailer did not give that feel at all.
I actually quite liked it. It doesn’t look like a groundbreaking film with revolutionary storytelling methods, but it does look solid. Deakins’ cinematography looks fantastic as usual.
With the subject matter and release date I could see it being an awards season factor. Imagine if Angelina Jolie becomes the next woman to win Best Director. Who would have guessed?February 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm #141208
Desplat is scoring the film http://filmmusicreporter.com/2014/02/17/alexandre-desplat-to-score-angelina-jolies-unbroken/February 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm #141209
God I love Angie but who signed off on that hideous voice over.
This certainly looks lime it bites of far more than it can chew but also looks like it has enough story to warrant a lengthy final cut (Unlike many tortuously long films these days).
Looks like proms Oscar Bait but I’d have personally likes to see a starriest cast. I do love movie stars.
I’d absolutely love a Director nom, unless of course it’s complete shit.February 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm #141210
Welp, it’s certainly has a lot of strong people behind it (Jolie, Deakins, Desplat).February 20, 2014 at 6:28 pm #141211
Interview with Jack O’Connell
Have you finished the Angelina Jolie film?
O’CONNELL: Yeah, we wrapped on Tuesday.
How was that?
O’CONNELL: Probably in a singular context the biggest challenge of my career.
You’re playing real guy so there’s responsibility.
O’CONNELL: Yeah, still alive. He’s 97 and still surprisingly lucid so I can’t bank on the fact that he might not be able to gauge what’s going on because he will, he will gauge. So we had to have my hair looking more or less looking good, because he prioritized his image once upon a time so there was a lot of emphasis on that too. Luckily I had someone like Angelina around who’s kind of done it before, every adversity I was trying to face, she’s done time and time again and I certainly grew and strengthened as an actor or a human. I’m 23 now so I’m playing these roles where I’m portraying youngsters that are becoming adults typically, and this was a real example of that, I don’t think you’ll get a greater example of that actually.
Was she good at reassuring you if you were having these tough moments of doubt when you were playing the character was she good at focusing you through those?
O’CONNELL: I mean me as an individual what I really personally enjoy about certain people is selflessness, so if I was ever in doubt I would struggle to admit it so she was really good at sensing it as opposed to me having to go to her. In the end she promised me and made me promise her that it would be the best of both us and we’re now reflecting on exactly that and that doesn’t just happen by arriving as scheduled. An awful lot went into it and I think as a result we’re really sitting on something. I cant wait to promote it and hopefully I’ll see it down the line.
One of the things that’s so exciting about that specific project is the script that Joel and Ethan Cohen contributed to. I don’t know the final draft, but they wrote at least a draft of it, genius filmmakers how was the script? Was it the script that got you involved? Could you talk a little about about the story?
O’CONNELL: Yeah sure, I mean look, the story’s no mystery. It was the opportunity to portray such a monumental human being who was true to life and is still alive now. It was that opportunity that made the job irresistible to me. To be at the age I’m at and to have a mature enough state of mind to be able to appreciate to the best I can quite selflessly, to be able to appreciate what he must have had to…at a similar age to myself, what he went through- sorry I’ve had a mental block. You asked me if the script was originally what attracted me. I mean it was certainly a feature to it, but I mean it’s one of them that we have experts across the board we have experts on set. we have Roger Deakins shooting, Angelina Jolie has to bee one of the most empathetic actor/directors I’ve ever worked with, and we had a sterling cast, real sterling cast and the studio took a risk casting an unknown as their Louis so I really relished that opportunity.
So did Angelina vie for you then?
She must have done.
O’CONNELL: Yeah, yeah.
That’s a bit of an accolade.
O’CONNELL: Well I have to remain grateful and it’s no skin off my back to remind her of my gratitude on that level, but also if I do say so myself at the risk of sounding perhaps a little overconfident, I was ready for an opportunity like that. I can say that with total conviction now in hindsight as well, which is a blessing.
Do you feel like you built up to it with these others like this movie?
O’CONNELL: Exactly, it’s all learning and what I’ve just done now hopefully builds on to the next one and so on and so froth, but to be in that position where I’ve been trusted to such a degree is a real credit to Angelina and her instinct, because you have so many influencers probably trying to tell her that it’s a bad idea and now from the feedback I’ve heard it’s the total opposite opinion. I think we’re all pleased with what we’ve done.
I’m curious what you like as an actor, some actors prefer doing 2 or 3 takes and some people like the David Fincher method of 50 takes, they want to keep on doing it as many times as they can, what do you like?
O’CONNELL: I guess it all depends, man. Different contributing factors would alter my preference in that situation. For instance some things you want to get out of there, you want to do it and get out of there, sometimes you don’t have the schedule to emphasize a particular moment. But also, someone like Angelina she wont stick around and wallop the ass of it if there’s no point. we were doing one takes left right and center for little bits and bobs. So as much as I like to consider myself a perfectionist there is such a thing as imperfection in real life and if we can introduce that into film than I’m all for it. I’d find 50 takes a pop very, very frustrating actually.
Hopefully he gets some success going and more worthwhile opportunities, he’s got good potential.July 3, 2014 at 8:26 am #141212
Louis Zamperini, subject of Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, dies at 97
by Chancellor Agardon Jul 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM
World War II hero and former Olympic long-distance runner Louis Zamperini died Wednesday from pneumonia at the age of 97, his family announced in a statement. Zamperini, also a prisoner of war in World War II and recipient of a Purple Heart medal for his service with the U.S. Army Air Forces, was the subject of the upcoming film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie and based on Laura Hillenbrand’s novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.
“After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives,” the Zamperini family said in a statement. “His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days.”
In a statement, Jolie said, “It is a loss impossible to describe. We are all so grateful for how enriched our lives are for having known him. We will miss him terribly.”
Universal Pictures also released a statement:
We are so profoundly sad at this moment and all of our thoughts and prayers are with the Zamperini family. Louis was truly one of a kind. He lived the most remarkable life, not because of the many unbelievable incidents that marked his near century’s worth of years, but because of the spirit with which he faced every one of them. Confronting challenges that would cause most of us to surrender, Louie always persevered and always prevailed, and he spent the better part of his lifetime sharing the message that you could do the same. His example of grace, dignity and resilience inspired all of us lucky enough to know him and the millions who got to know him from the pages of Laura’s book.
The studio added that they are moving forward to the December 25, 2014 release of Unbroken “with a renewed sense of responsibility in bringing Louie’s abundant life and indomitable spirit to the screen. Now more than ever, we join Angelina in honoring the lessons and legacy of this extraordinary man who has meant so much to many.”July 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm #141213
I have a feeling this will be a good one.
July 4, 2014 at 3:30 am #141214
Unbroken just got more press and attention (for the wrong reasons unfortunately) and I hope Jack O’Connell rides that wave.