This post about Unbroken: Path to Redemption is part of a campaign with FlyBy Promotions. I was provided with access to an advance screener to view the movie. All opinions are my own.
A few years ago, our family was fortunate to review the movie Unbroken. This film focused mostly on the time Louis Zamperini spent in a Japanese camp with the captors doing their best to break the captives through torture.
About Unbroken: Path to Redemption
After surviving a plane crash, weeks of floating on a makeshift raft in the Pacific, and then years of torture as a prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini finally returns home to California, seemingly unbroken..
When the war ended, his battle began.
Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION begins where the hit movie Unbroken concludes, continuing the unbelievable true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini.
Haunted by nightmares of his torment, Louie sees himself as anything but a hero. Despite battling demons, anger, and alcohol, Louie feels obligated to participate in an Army tour to raise money for War Bonds.
But as he focuses more on hotel bars than his public appearances, Louie is ordered to take R&R on the beaches of Miami. There, he meets Cynthia, a young woman who captures his eye and his heart. After a whirlwind courtship, the couple weds and moves to Los Angeles.
While pursuing every avenue of hope he can find from trying to reestablish himself as a world-class runner to get-rich-quick investment opportunities Louie’s wrathful quest for revenge drives him deeper into despair and the bottle.
Hopeless and on the brink of divorce, Cynthia experiences Billy Graham’s 1949 Los Angeles Crusade where she finds faith in God and a renewed commitment to her marriage and her husband. Now, her most fervent prayer is for God to help Louie find the peace and forgiveness he so desperately needs.
From the producer of Unbroken and the writer of A River Runs Through It, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION stars Samuel Hunt (Louis), Merritt Patterson (Cynthia), David Sakurai(Watanabe, The Bird), and Will Graham as his grandfather, Billy Graham.
In theaters this fall, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION brings to life the rest of Louis Zamperini’s powerful real-life story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.
Watch the Trailer for Unbroken: Path to Redemption
My Thoughts on Unbroken: Path to Redemption
This movie is powerful and moving.
Where the original Unbroken movie showed how Louis refused to let “The Bird” break him completely, you know that the experiences of war would have permanently changed him. This movie shows the lasting effects of war and being a war prisoner.
While his family and friends celebrate the return of the boys from war, they do not all understand the struggles the men face. Even within his own family, Louis’ pain is significantly more present than what his brother’s re-entry looks like. His brother witnessed men dying. But, he did not have the days afloat in the Pacific Ocean awaiting death to only be ‘rescued’ to spend time in a prisoner of war camp being tortured.
Love enters Louis life and for a time he finds some resemblance of normalcy. His wife rises each morning to help him train for the Olympics. But, the physical strain his body endured during those days on the ocean and in the camp end up bringing an end to his training days. The one thing that helps him keep the ghosts of war away is gone and they return with a vengeance.
What I found so moving in this film is how God CAN and WILL work to heal the broken. It just isn’t always done as quickly as we might like.
Even more powerful is that not only was Louis healed of his war traumas but that he was able to FORGIVE those who tortured him. This movie shows that forgiveness for what some might consider unforgivable is possible.
When you watch the movie, make sure to stay through the credit section. This is based on his real-life story and seeing images of Louis both during and after the time depicted helps to solidify the story presented.
Louis went on to do amazing things in his life to help others. He is one more example of an imperfect person who God not only heals from their pain but goes on to use for His purpose.
Win 2 Fandango Tickets to see Unbroken: Path to Redemption
One lucky US reader of Day by Day in Our World will win 2 Fandango codes for tickets to see Unbroken: Path to Redemption.
Entries are accepted through the Gleam form below through September 20, 2018. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize before forfeiting.
Have you seen the original Unbroken film?
Do you enjoy seeing movies rooted in faith?