Haunted by nightmares of his horrific experiences, World War II hero Louis Zamperini meets Cynthia Applewhite, a young woman who becomes his wife. Zamperini’s personal demons soon threaten to destroy his marriage — until he hears the stirring words of the Rev. Billy Graham in 1949. Embracing his newfound Christian faith, Louis starts to turn his life around by learning to forgive his former oppressors and spreading the message of peace and love.
Initial release: September 14, 2018 (USA)
Director: Harold Cronk
Production company: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Screenplay: Richard Friedenberg
Music composed by: Brandon Roberts
Producers: Matthew Baer, Mike Elliott
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Louis Zamperini is a World War II veteran who is searching for purpose. So far, though, he hasn’t found it.
He’s mad at God. He’s also angry at his former Japanese captors, who tortured him in prison for two years and nearly killed him. Mostly, though, he’s simply bitter at his position in life.
True, he did return to America alive, but that means little to Zamperini because he can’t find a job. He can’t pursue his Olympic dream, thanks to a recent injury. He’s also battling nightmares about his time in the war.
Thus, Zamperini buries his emotions in alcohol, hiding it from his wife in the toilet tank and sneaking out often to bars with his friends. And now, he has hatched a plan to travel back to Japan so that he can get revenge and kill his captors.
Can Louis Zamperini find redemption before he ruins his own life – and before his wife divorces him?
The movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption (PG-13) opens this weekend, telling the story of how Louis Zamperini – the subject of the bestselling book, Unbroken – returned from the war an angry man until he found Christ.
1.It’s the “Rest of the Story.”
The film is a sequel to the 2014 movie Unbroken, which followed the story of Zamperini’s Olympic exploits and then his capture and torture in a Japanese prison camp. That film ended with him returning to America and revealed little about his subsequent faith. Both films have the same producer: Matthew Baer. It was impossible to tell the story of Zamperini’s rich life in one movie, Baer said. “No studio is going to make the three-hour version of Unbroken,” said Baer, who always wanted to make a sequel. “The desire was if Unbroken was successful enough to be able to get another crack at the apple.”
2. It Spotlights Forgiveness – a Message Our Society Needs
We live in a divided culture that argues about everything — and often refuses to forgive, too. In Unbroken: Path to Redemption, we watch Zamperini accept Christ and then return to Japan to forgive his former captors. It’s a true-life
scene possible only with the power of the Gospel. “My dad had reason to hate his Japanese captors, much more than the Left and Right hate each other in this country,” Zamperini’s son, Luke Zamperini, told Crosswalk. “And he was able to forgive them and live a life of peace after this.”
3. It Has Will Graham in It.
He plays his late grandfather – the late Billy Graham – in a scene recreating the 1949 Los Angeles Billy Graham Crusade, where Zamperini was saved. Samuel Hunt (Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire) plays Zamperini, while Merritt Patterson (The Royals) plays Zamperini’s wife, Cynthia. Will Graham may sound like his grandfather in the movie, but it wasn’t intentional. In fact, the director told him not to impersonate Billy Graham. Graham said he was nervous on the set and felt like a “fish out of water.” Don’t expect him to do more movies, though. “I don’t want to be a movie star,” Will Graham said. “I don’t want to go into the movie busin
ess. God’s calling me to something bigger and that’s to tell people about Jesus Christ. Can movies do that? Yes. But God had given me a platform to preach the Gospel.”
4. It Was a Turning Point for Billy Graham, Too.
Prior to 1949, few people had heard of Billy Graham, who was only 30 at the time. The 1949 Los Angeles crusade thrust him into the national spotlight when the national media – the newspapers — started covering him. Will Graham preached the same sermon in the movie that Zamperini would have heard. “They were very good close friends,” Will Graham said of Louis Zamperini and Billy Graham. “My granddad thought of Louis often.”
5. It’s a Story Good Enough To Be Used in Classrooms.
Teaching history to high school students can be difficult, but some teachers – such as Heather Fuller of Granbury High School in Texas – have used the Unbroken book to put a face on World War II. Zamperini’s story, she told a group of reporters, teaches the students “character” and “grit” and “the idea that you can have hope even in the most daunting situation.” She wrote curriculum based on Unbroken.
6. It Can Be a “Tool” for Churches.
Congregations and faith-based organizations got behind movies like War Room and Courageous, and officials and even cast with Unbroken: Path to Redemption are hoping the same thing takes place with this film. “I hope that churches will use it as a tool” to “reach non-Christians” and then “plug them into the local church,” Will Graham said. Bill Reeves, president of WTA Group – a film partner – said officials behind the film wanted it to appeal to faith-based and mainstream audiences. “We’ve worked really hard to make sure that the book reader that may not be a person of Christian faith still loves the movie because they love the book.” Still, the movie is honest about Louis’s “relationship with Christ,” he said.
7. It May Not Be Suitable for Small Children.
With themes involving torture, alcohol dependency, marital disputes and divorce, Unbroken: Path to Redemptionmay not be for the smallest of children. It’s rated PG-13 for thematic content and related disturbing images. It contains no coarse language or sexuality.
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Will Graham, grandson of famed evangelist Billy Graham, said that playing his famous grandfather in the forthcoming film “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” reminded him of the urgency — and timelessness — of the Gospel.
“One of the things I learned from my granddaddy while I was doing this movie is the sense of urgency with the Gospel,” Will Graham told The Gospel Herald at the red carpet premiere of the film in Dallas, Texas. “God’s Word transforms lives. My grandaddy would always say, ‘The Bible says…’ and that’s what he was famous for. I loved learning about my grandad’s sermons — he preached a lot different in 1949 than he did in 1999. But, it was still that same commitment to the Word of God.”
“He never slowed down,” he added. “He was like a machine gun preacher. He would never take a breath.”
“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” is the sequel to the Academy Award nominated 2015 film, “Unbroken.” “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” continued to follow the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian and World War II POW.
The 2015 film “Unbroken” told the incredible story of Louis Zamperini’s early life and war years. As a boy he had a habit of getting himself into trouble by drinking, stealing and smoking, but Louis learned discipline and turned his life around when he began training to be a distance runner. He earned the nickname “The Torrance Tornado” after his hometown of Torrance, and came in 8th at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Captured after his plane crashed in 1943, Louis was placed in a POW camp and tortured by Mutsuhiro Watanabe. Louis, however, refuses to break and is eventually rescued by American troops. “Unbroken” ended with Louis returning home to America and featured a brief slideshow about what happened to Louis after the war.
“Unbroken” ended on a high note, with Louis’ rescue, the information about his marriage and two children, his forgiveness of his captors and finally running a leg of the Olympic Torch relay for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. While this fits with its aim of being an inspirational story, the film received criticism for seeming to gloss over Louis’ struggle with PTSD and alcoholism after the war as well as his conversion to Christianity. “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” picks up where “Unbroken” left off and depicts Louis’ struggle to heal from his experiences.
Scheduled to be released on September 14, 2018, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” shows how Louis was haunted by his time as a POW. He fell in love with and married a woman named Cynthia, but Louis’ trauma and desire for revenge nearly destroyed his marriage and chances at healing. The couple, however, managed to find healing after meeting Billy Graham on one of his Crusades and converting to Christianity.
“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” has been called the spiritual successor to “Unbroken” and promises to be a moving story about what it takes to heal and move forward after trauma and the role faith and love play in healing. The trailer is available online now, and the film will be in theaters September 14, 2018.
If you loved Angelina Jolie’s film UNBROKEN, based on the Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION, you’ll love the new movie with the same title opening nationwide September 14th, 2018.
UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION begins where Joli’s film concludes, sharing the next chapter of the unbelievable true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini.
This follow-up covers Zamperini’s struggle with PTSD, haunted by nightmares of his torment, Louie sees himself as anything but a hero. Then, he meets Cynthia, a young woman who captures his eye—and his heart.
Will Graham (who plays his grandfather, Rev. Billy Graham in the film) and Luke Zamperini (Producer of this movie and Louie Zamperini’s son) join us to talk about the new film.