Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Book-to-Film: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the New York Times bestselling biography and winner of multiple awards is on its way to theatres.  The film is written by the Cohen brothers and is directed by Angelina Jolie.  Jack O'Connell will play the title character, Louis Zamperini.  The film is scheduled to be released December 25, 2014.

The Goodreads Book Summary: "On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit."

The three-minute clip released during the Olympics advertising the upcoming film:

A few movie stills that have been released:

Anticipation is high for this one, which could either be a blessing or a curse, depending on how it turns out.  Either way, I can't wait to see it.


  1. I won't insist again that you should read this book as soon as humanely possible. I want to, but I won't. I also won't tell you that reading this book may or may not change your life, nor will I tell you that your reading this book is very important to my life. I will not be bothering you to read this book, nor will I insist that you tell me once you've read it so we can marvel together at its greatness.

    I will not be doing any of those things, so breathe easy.

    1. Between this, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and East of Eden, I'm surprised you're even still talking to me.


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