Director: Angelina Jolie. Cast: Jack O'Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson. 137 min. Rated PG-13. Biography/War.
Coen Brothers-written WWII story of Olympian runner Louis Zamperini, who spent 47 days in a raft on the Pacific Ocean, and was caught and tortured by the Japanese army. Traces of other movies are numerous: from the Saving Private Ryan opening, to the Cast Away sea perils, to The Bridge on the River Kwai POW camp, to the Rescue Dawn fight for survival. Nothing's boring in this fascinating true story, but nothing's new in this formulaic movie either. Although a significant improvement compared to her first feature, it's safe to say Angelina Jolie doesn't want to take chances.