[Little] Movie 'Unbroken: Path to Redemption' carries on with hero Zamperini's story of salvation

[Little] Movie ‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’ carries on with hero Zamperini’s story of salvation

Opinion

This is a movie about brokenness and forgiveness, a testimony that one can move the mountains with a little faith.

“Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.” —St. Augustine

[National Catholic Register] We are all lost without Christ’s forgiveness, and we cannot be found, if we do not extend forgiveness to those who trespassed against us. The path to redemption is often long and dark, and some are much more darker than others.

VIDEO: [700 Club] In-depth interview with Olympic champion and WWII hero Louis Zamperini


Despite the title, Unbroken: Path to Redemption is about a man whose once untamable spirit was shattered into pieces during a merciless war, leaving behind only bitter hatred and desire for revenge. Thankfully, those pieces are far from unredeemable.

Unbroken begins with a somber scene when Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian, visits the prisoner of war camp he was held and tortured during World War II. His countenance is serene and peaceful, but at the same time serious and heavy. When the story flashes back to his arrival to the United States after his captivity some years prior, it is instantly recognizable that serenity and peace came with a price.

Laura Hillenbrand’s biography of Zamperini, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, became a best-seller and won countless awards, because —as the title suggests— it is a story of suffering and trials, but ultimately victory. In the first movie Unbroken (2014) directed by Angelina Jolie, we learn about the troublemaker boy who became an Olympian and the soldier who became a prisoner of war. The first movie was a story of survival with barely any reference to his faith. This one is about the life after survival when one has suffered and changed so much that familiar is not comforting anymore. It is ultimately a story of redemption and forgiveness.

Zamperini’s family throws a party to celebrate the presumably dead soldier’s return. During this time of happiness, what gives away his troubled time in Japan is not violence or hatred, but a fake smile. The smile that often becomes the perfect hiding place for denial.

This article continues at [National Catholic Register] A Review of ‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’

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