KELLER: “Unbroken” film misses redemption angle

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I continued to hear about the movie “Unbroken.” My family and friends told me I had to see it.

Three weeks ago, Jeanne and I decided to go. The movie is a true story inspired by the book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.

It’s a World War II story of survival and resilience. It tells about Louis Zamperini’s life.

As a teenager, Louis was a juvenile delinquent who was encouraged to channel his rebellion and anger into running.

Prior to the war, Louis was good enough to participate in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. When the war began, he became an airman.

The movie tells the story about his service to our country, his survival when his Army Air Force plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and his rescue by the Japanese.  

Most of the movie tells about his life in the Japanese prison camp. The treatment he and his fellow Americans experienced was at times hard to watch.

History has recorded how the Japanese were cruel and enjoyed torturing their enemies.  

Regardless of how much the prison guards tried to break the spirit of Louis, they were unsuccessful.     

The movie is about Louis’ survival and resilience, however, the book also mentions his redemption.

The book shares that the memory of the treatment he received haunted him for years. Life became a continued nightmare that caused his life to crumble and he turned to alcohol.

Thanks to a confrontation with God through the evangelist Billy Graham, he committed his life to Jesus Christ.

Louis replaced hate with love and in 1952 was allowed to address the Japanese war criminals at Sugamo prison and forgave them.

In 1958, four days short of his 81st birthday, he carried the Olympic torch in Japan.

I enjoyed the movie. I only wish they would have told the whole story, which included his redemption.

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