Without a doubt the greatest book I have ever read outside the Bible is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It is the true story of Louie Zamperini and his survival from shipwreck and torture by the Japanese. Angelina Jolie directed the movie Unbroken which came out a few years ago. I thought it was excellent, but the movie (a full two hours long) only covered the first half of the the book and ended with his return home from the war.
But the book goes on to vividly describe his next war with PTSD and alcoholism and finally redemption. Thank God somebody decided to tell the rest of the story on film. So, just the other day I saw the second part of the Unbroken, produced by Pure Flix and Universal Studios. It was even better than the first film. The actors were strong, the story kept hopping along, there was very good character development, and the computer graphics (used with startling realism when Louie’s PTSD would erupt) were outstanding.
If you have ever struggled with a loved one through alcoholism and/or PTSD, then some scenes hit very close to home, and it hurts…real bad.
Thank God for the ending, however. Will Graham (Billy Graham’s grandson) portrays the evangelist in a very moving scene at the end. The best part for me, however, were the credits. Stick around for the credits. There you will see some photos and movies of the real Billy Graham and Louie Zamperini together. It was wonderful.
Take your family, and go see this movie.