“Unbroken” Trailer Released After Hero’s Death

July 14, 2014

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Angelina Jolie has been in the movie industry for a long time, and so far everything she touches seems to turn to gold. So what would happen when a story that is already golden is handed to her for directing? A truly inspiring tale of heroism and overcoming adversity the likes of which are seldom heard of in these modern times.

Louis Zamperini could be described as having a troubled childhood.

He himself described his younger self as “rotten”. One day, the police in his town were wondering what to do with him, when one officer remarked that seeing as how they had been chasing him all over town for a year, he should run. And that is exactly what he did.

Zamperini burst onto the world stage at the 1936 Olympics. In 1938, he said a collegiate record for the fastest mile run, despite his legs having been spiked repeatedly by competitors.

Zamperini’s greatest struggle would come a few years later with America’s entrance into WWII. Zamperini was an army aviator during WWII.

In 1943 after earning a commission as a second lieutenant on a B-24 Liberator bomber, Zamperini’s plane experienced mechanical failures that resulted in a crash and loss of life for 8 of the 11 crewmen. Zamperini, along with 2 members of his crew, were stranded out on the open ocean for 47 days, until they were found by the Japanese navy.

The movie is set to release in December of this year. Zamperini passed away on July 2nd, 2014, just a week before the first trailer for the movie about his lifed aired.