2015 — 2h 17min — PG-13 (Movie Review)
Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Miyavi
Director: Angelina Jolie
As a boy, Louis "Louie" Zamperini is always in trouble, but with the help of his older brother, he turns his life around and focuses his energy into running. He qualifies for the 1936 Olympics and sets a world record. When World War II breaks out, Louie enlists in the military. After his plane crashes in the Pacific, he survives an incredible 47 days adrift in a raft, until his capture by the Japanese navy. Sent to a POW camp, Louie becomes the favorite target of a particularly cruel prison commander.
Based on a true story, this movie’s message is for those who are in the midst of a struggle, experiencing a hard time or don’t think they have what it takes to make it through the present challenges. How do we keep going? How do we remain strong? It’s never by our own strength. It’s only from God’s all-surpassing power. We may be perplexed, but because God is faithful, we need never to be in despair. We may be persecuted, but God will never abandon us. We need to not give up. As Louie’s brother said, “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”
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