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Terrific drama based on a true story
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2017
This is truly a great movie! I didn't realize when I purchased it that it was based on a true story, which is why I would describe it as a great movie. Without giving too much of it away, it's about Louis Zamperini (played by Jack O'Connell), who learns about the value of forgiveness. The movie starts off with him in on assignment in a military aircraft that looses its hydraulics after being shot on assignment, but still manages to return and make an emergency landing. On a second military flight assignment, while flying over the ocean, the plane he is on stops working and crashes into the water. While this is taking place, he begins to reflect on his running accomplishments when he was a young boy. After the crash landing into the ocean, only him and two crewman survive, and are stuck at sea for 47 days before the Japanese navy find him and the one surviving crewman, and makes them POWs. He is treated horribly during the entire time he was held as a POW, but manages not to let the conditions get to him and ultimately is released along with the other POWs because the war is over. After returning to the United States, Jack gets to do what he was going to do prior to getting stranded at sea, which was run in the Olympics, which happens to be in Japan again (Japan is where the Olympics here going to be held, when he was planning on running in them). Jack being much older, this time isn't running in the Olympics competitively, but instead as an Olympic torch carrier, and demonstrates his forgiveness while there. The ending really surprised me, because I hadn't paid too much attention to what the movie was about when I originally purchased it. If you're looking for a great drama movie based on a true story, that leaves you feeling good at the end, this would be a good one to watch. Hope you enjoy it!