The true story of American Olympic runner Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell, Starred Up) who, having been sent to World War II, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and consigned to a prisoner-of-war camp. Directed by Angelina Jolie (her second feature after 2011's Bosnian War drama In The Land of Blood And Honey), co-written by the Coen brothers.
Zamperini serves as a bombardier in the Pacific theatre, raining destruction on Japanese military targets. Like many US servicemen, he has an interesting past, having overcome childhood criminality to excel at distance running, representing his country at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. When his plane goes down in remote ocean, Zamperini's athletic discipline helps him survive for a remarkably long time. But that test of endurance only leads to another when captured by the Japanese, where his status as an Olympian will earn him prolonged abuse at the hands of a sadistic prison camp boss (Japanese musician Miyavi).More Information
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