The hardcover version of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over four years, and the paperback debuted at number one on their list. It seemed like an obvious choice to make a movie based on such a popular book. However, the flip side to that is problem with making a movie that would be enjoyed by the people who have read the book.
I enjoyed the movie Unbroken, but it fell short of the book. Obviously, it is hard to take such a long and involved book and do it complete justice in a couple of hours, but it can be done. The story of Louis Zamperini is such a powerful and moving one, and the movie didn’t seem to capture all of it, and perhaps not even the spirit of Zamperini.
Unbroken is still a good movie–that tells about a man who survives torture as a POW (among other events)–and one that I would recommend. However, if you haven’t read the book yet, you should do that. You will find there is a lot more spirit and heart to the story than was portrayed on the screen.