The combination of action interruptus and over-sold, character-building vignettes prevents editors Tim Squyres and William Goldenberg from finding a satisfying rhythm. It also stymies performers like O’Connell from achieving any illusion of spontaneity. The connections between sections feel forced, as do the stated themes—most of all, the hero’s burgeoning religious faith.
Completely uninspired. Jack O'Connell does brilliantly, as per usual as does Domnhall Gleeson and most of the supporting actors are good as well. The writing is bland at best as is the directing. Very Oscar-baity and all around forgettable. Cliche from top to bottom.
Super slow and boring, and its missing something. Its okay to do a slow pace storyline to describe how hard those times was, but this movie is dull and lacked of important message. Its like watching a blunt series of unfortunate events. The credits goes to Jack though, he's a talented actor way way back since Skins.
Sometimes the lack of Oscar nominations isn't based on the filmmaker's gender or race but for the merits of the actual film; and therefore the blandness and derivative filmmaking and scripting on screen here resulted in just deserts (but strong box office). Deakins' work behind the camera is noteworthy but the construction of the film in editing is lacking. O'Connell commands the screen but rest play stock characters
An exercise in tonal restraint, UNBROKEN benefits almost exclusively from director Angelina Jolie's empathy and cinematographer Roger Deakins' stately albeit prosaic images. Jack O'Connell's Zamperini is a cipher as far as Hollywood heroes goes (gentle and meek, his actions are determined by fate not freewill) and the Jesus Christ allegory is heavy-handed, but, man, Jolie can sure tell a damn good story!
"Unbroken" is like a lopsided cake made from all our favorite American narratives: a 1/4 cup "triumph of the human spirit," a 1/2 cup "square-jawed Allies* vs. sinister Japanese," 8 oz. "Christlike suffering," and a liberal dash of "blaming God for our successes, but not our failures."
Throw in a 1/2 cup of American athleticism and can-do spirit; this should bind all your disparate ingredients.