We may be in the heart of summer blockbuster season, but it’s never too early to start generating hype for the Oscars – which is exactly what’s happening in this new trailer for Unbroken.
Angelina Jolie’s second directorial feature looks to be a strong contender for Academy Awards, telling the real-life story of Louis Zamperini (who passed away on July 2 at the age of 97) – an Olympian who survived 47 days at sea on a raft after a tragic plane crash during World War II. If that wasn’t bad enough, Zamperini and his fellow soldiers were eventually rescued – by the Japanese, who took him to a POW camp.
The new trailer gives you the CliffsNotes version of the story, complete with rousing score, memorable quotes, and a few impressive scenes from the plane crash that put Zamperini (played by Jack O'Connell) in the middle of the ocean. It’s the kind of project (cowritten for the screen by the Coen brothers) that Oscar voters love – even if it seems a bit obvious as "Oscar bait."
Can Jolie become the second woman to win an Academy Award as Best Director? We won’t know the answer to that until next year. Until then, you can watch this trailer and prepare yourself for Unbroken’s release on Christmas Day.
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