I was able to view an advanced screener of Unbroken: Path to Redemption in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own.
I’m taking a break from recapping our Dominican Republic vacation to share a bit about a movie that touched my heart and reminded me of God’s grace and forgiveness in my life. It’s not often that I dedicate an entire blog post to a movie review, so you know it’s a good movie when I do just that.
Unbroken: Path to Redemption is the true story of Louis Zamperini, a track Olympian who joins the military during World War II and becomes a prisoner of war. If you’ve seen the movie Unbroken, this movie is about what happens afterward. Louis is haunted by his experiences in the POW camp. While on R&R in Florida, he meets the woman who would become his wife. However, their marriage is hanging on by a thread because of Louis’ post-traumatic stress and desire to see revenge on his captors. After an experience at a Billy Graham revival, both Louis and his wife are re-committed to their marriage and experience grace and forgiveness. Louis is finally able to let go of his pain from his war experiences and fully enjoy life.
The overarching theme of grace and forgiveness in this movie was incredibly powerful. Although I’m a huge fan of practically any Pure Flix films, the same cannot be said for my husband; for him, Pure Flix films sometimes come across as “too fluffy.” However, my husband’s opinion about Pure Flix was changed with this real-life story turned into a movie. As a soldier, he can relate to Louis’ journey of pain and emotional scars that come with having experienced war firsthand (of course, Andy’s experiences were nowhere near as traumatic as Louis’.) Seeing Louis’ grace and forgiveness in his life inspired my husband to live his life with grace and forgiveness. Dare I say it, my husband may have even teared up in the movie.
One of the really interesting things about this movie is that Billy Graham is “played” by his grandson, Will. Will carries on the family tradition of evangelism with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I had the opportunity to attend a Will Graham revival back in 2015, and it was an experience I will never forget.
Although the movie focuses on Louis (and rightfully so), Cynthia’s character really spoke to me. She met Louis after his experiences in the POW camp. She knew what she was “getting into,” but saw and cherished the man underneath all of Louis’ pain. When the Zamperinis were headed for divorce, she committed to the Lord and trusted that He would heal Louis’ pain and restore their marriage. It was a good reminder for me to be committed to helping my husband and praying for him and our marriage, especially with all of the struggles that come along with military life.
I highly recommend that everyone watch Unbroken: Path to Redemption as it will remind you of God’s grace in your life.