World War II veteran Louis Zamperini lived one of the most legendary lives. His story is getting the biopic treatment it deserves in a new movie called Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie.
The film is based on a best selling book with the same title by Laura Hillenbrand about Zamperini’s life as an Olympic athlete who also served in World War II and became a prisoner of war. Zamperini recently passed away at the age of 97.
Zamperini competed in the 5,000 meter race at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and he didn’t win a medal but his determination to finish strong made him one of the most talked about competitors of the Games. His stardom prompted him to work harder and tryout for the 1940 Olympics but they were cancelled when World War II broke out and Zamperini decided instead to enlist in the Army Air Corps. He flew a B-24 Liberator in the war and his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during a search and rescue mission. He and the surviving crew were captured by Japanese forces after 47 grueling days at sea. He spent even more time in a prisoner of war camp where he steadfastly refused to obey his captors’ orders and underwent physical and psychological torture before his release and the amazing part is he later forgave his captors for their actions face to face. Check out the trailer for what’s sure to be an epic story about an epic man…
It’s official. We can all stop using the word “badass” now because we’ve just found the ultimate one.