unbrokenMovie versions of great books are usually not as good as the book. A two-hour movie cannot always capture the nuances of feelings or the descriptive words and phrases in the same way that make the book so engrossing, or the amount of detail required to truly tell the story. Last week we went to see the movie “Unbroken” and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Perhaps it was because I had read the book by Laura Hillenbrand about a year ago and found the story of Louie Zamperini fascinating.

Zamperini’s early life was one of delinquency and trouble-making. In high school, however, he was encouraged by his older brother to develop his track skills and ultimately he won a place on the U.S. Olympic team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics hosted by Adolph Hitler. During the war he enlisted and became a machine-gunner on B-25 airplanes in the Pacific. On one reconnaissance flight his plane crashed in the ocean and Zamperini was one of only three survivors. While one of his crew members died later in their life raft, Zamperini and another man survived for about six weeks by collecting rain water to drink and catching and eating raw fish. The two surviving crewmen were nearly dead when rescued by a Japanese warship.

Jack O'Connell played Zamperini in the movie directed by Angela Jolie.
Jack O’Connell played Zamperini in the movie directed by Angela Jolie.

They were then transported to a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan where they survived under brutal conditions until liberated late in 1945. This part of the story in particular resonated with me because I had an uncle who also endured four-and-a-half-years as a prisoner-of-war in Japan after being captured with the Royal Rifles in Hong Kong on Christmas Day 1941. My uncle weighed only seventy-eight pounds when he was released in 1945.

Louie Zamperini saw a preview of the movie about his life before he passed away in 2014.
Louie Zamperini saw a preview of the movie about his life before he passed away in 2014.

What the movie didn’t have time to go into was Zamperini’s post-war life, his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, alchoholism and his ultimate redemption and living a joyful life until he died at the age of ninety-seven in 2014. He was very pleased with Hillenbrand’s treatment of his life in her book and Angelina Jolie’s movie which brought his remarkable story to millions of readers and movie-goers. I enjoyed both the book and the movie and give them both two thumbs up.


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Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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