“Unbroken,” directed by Angelina Jolie, recalls the harrowing journey of U.S. soldier and Olympic runner Louis Zamperini as he survived both an ordeal at sea and a Japanese prison camp. The real Zamperini, who died earlier this year at 97, said hearing Graham’s speak changed his life and turned him into a man of faith.
The movie explores Zamperini’s World War II experiences less than his spiritual journey. Still, Jolie followed his wishes when it came to capturing his faith on screen. Zamperini himself suggested the movie not be too specific regarding his beliefs so that it carries an inclusive appeal, according to The Christian Post. That fact is backed up by his children who support the feature film.
“We made it universal, not specific to one faith, and that was something that was agreed upon with Louie,” Jolie said. “He said he wanted the message to reach everyone. He said to make faith and forgiveness universal … he said this is about reaching everyone and this should speak to everyone … If you were looking for symbolism and miracles in the film you will see them.”
“Unbroken” hits theaters Dec. 25.