DIRECTOR: Angelina Jolie CAST: Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell

RATING – 9.1 out of 10

  • Acting – 8 out of 10
    • Excellent performances from the ensemble. Jack O’Connell was inspiring, and Takamasa Ishihara was infuriating.
  • Writing/Dialogue – 8 out of 10
    • A very well-written script from Joel & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, & William Nicholson.
  • Visual Effects – 10 out of 10
    • I love cinematic dogfights, and this was simply perfect. I don’t know if the actors did this themselves or if it was executed with visual effects, but the emaciation was stomach-churning and heart-breaking.
  • Cinematography & Art Direction – 10 out of 10
    • Brilliant work from Angelina Jolie.
  • Musical Score & Sound Editing – 8 out of 10
    • The sound was great. It could have used a little more music, especially during the sad or inspirational scenes.
  • Costumes, Makeup, & Hairstyling – 10 out of 10
    • Explain to me again how this is not one of the top 7 finalists for Best Makeup at the Oscars? And yet… Noah is? This film had some of the best makeup work all year. And the costumes were really great too!
  • Plot/Story – 10 out of 10
    • An inspiring true story about resilience and determination.
  • Time – 8 out of 10
    • It felt a little long toward the end, but that is probably because I watched it late at night and after a long day.
  • Grandiosity vs. Humility – 10 out of 10
    • This is one of the best films of the years. It’s a travesty that it’s being completely overlooked by the major awards. It’s certainly better than Boyhood, which is probably going to sweep all of the awards because it took 12 years to make… Ugh. If you see any film this year, go see Unbroken.

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