Unbroken: Path to Redemption Parent Guide
The film works hard to bring us along on an emotional journey toward a conversion to Christianity, though it ultimately falls short of its goal.
Parent Movie Review
As Unbroken: Path to Redemption rolls across the screen, you might find yourself asking, “Wait a minute, haven’t I seen this before?” The answer is, yes, you have. A sequel to Unbroken, the 2014 film directed by Angelina Jolie, this new film takes upon itself the task of showing us what happens to Louis Zamperini (Samuel Hunt) after he returns home as a POW from Japan. The opening credits quickly review the events of the previous film, and then dive into Zamperini’s PTSD, alcoholism, marriage, and family life - ultimately leading us to his conversion at a Billy Graham revival.
The film works hard to bring us along on an emotional journey toward a conversion to Christianity, though it ultimately falls short of its goal. Zamperini’s conversion is so over the top, so filled with blaring, dramatic music, that it feels more like a commercial for religious revivals and Billy Graham than the denouement for a movie about a serious spiritual journey. And this is coming from a devout Christian - if anyone’s going to be there for a change of heart and Christ lifting your burdens, it’s me. But the conversion comes too late in the story, is too fast, and our sense of resolution feels rushed.
Unbroken: Path to Redemption relies heavily on its “predecessor” in terms of themes, lines, and shots, but forges its own (lower quality) path in terms of actors and production values. The good news about this movie is that it does not require you to have seen the 2014 prequel, and it is more appropriate for a PG-13 audience than the original. (The grade given by Parent Previews is reflective of its appropriateness for young teens, and not its quality.) What it does have going for it are uplifting themes of forgiveness, repentance, faith, and family: it could serve as a good introduction to the inspiring story for younger teens. It does, however, feel as though Universal sold their rights to the Louis Zamperini story to the Hallmark Channel.Directed by Harold Cronk. Starring Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson, Will Graham. Running time: 98 minutes. Theatrical release September 14, 2018. Updated December 13, 2018
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Unbroken: Path to Redemption
Rating & Content Info
Why is Unbroken: Path to Redemption rated PG-13? Unbroken: Path to Redemption is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic content and related disturbing images.
Violence: Throughout the movie Zamperini has PTSD flashbacks and dreams about his time on the raft in the ocean and in the POW camps. These scenes are intense and loud, and sometimes show him being beaten, experiencing water torture, and eating maggot infested rice. Zamperini also hallucinates about his captor in his everyday life: these hallucinations include occasional revenge beatings. In a few scenes Zamperini and his wife are physical with each other, holding or pushing the other in an argument. He clears everything off of her vanity in a rage.
Sexual Content: A married couple kiss three or four times throughout the movie. They sleep in a bed together.
Profanity: A minor curse word is used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: While drinking is a major part of this movie, it is in no way glorified. The protagonist is seen drinking a lot in this movie. He self-medicates with alcohol, and many scenes are in a bar. The excessive drinking is used to demonstrate his downward spiral.
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Unbroken: Path to Redemption Parents' Guide
Zamperini originally thinks that God is the cause of his misfortunes, and later realizes that God helped him survive his misfortunes. This change in perspective brings him great peace. How does changing our perspective on a situation help us cope? Can our perspective change the way we experience the hardships we encounter?
This movie explores the importance of mental health at a time when mental illness was seen as personal weakness; not a medical issue. How can we eliminate the stigma associated with mental health issues? How can you tend to your own mental health?
News About "Unbroken: Path to Redemption"
Unbroken: Path to Redemption is based on Laura Hillenbrand's book Unbroken. It is the biography of Louis Zamperini, who was an Olympic runner, World War II soldier, shipwreck survivor, Japanese prisoner of war and eventually a Christian.
This sequel features Samuel Hunt as Louis Zamperini. The 2014 original film was directed by Angelina Jolie: Jack O'Connell played Zamperini.