Review: “Unbroken.”

Old-fashioned to a fault, Unbroken is a maddening film about a fascinating subject. The Olympian and World War 2 veteran Louis Zamperini, who died at age 97 this year, is clearly an inspirational figure, just not for the reasons that director Angelina Jolie thinks. His life is a testament to human endurance and mankind’s capacity for forgiveness, yet Jolie’s film cheapens Zamperini to a series of physical hardships and triumphs. This is a biopic equivalent of a geek show, sleekly presented and without much nuance, designed to provoke a visceral response and not much thought.

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