Richard and I just saw a movie last night and I was very excited to see the trailer for the movie, "Unbroken", which has a release date of Christmas Day of this year. This is the official trailer that we saw, I have it here for you. I did not hear one sound of anyone munching popcorn once this trailer started, I think that might give you an idea of how special I think this movie will be. A very respectful silence...
I have written about Louis Zamperini several times. You may read my first post just here.
When I first read "Devil At My Heels" in 2004, I could just "see" in my mind that it would make a great movie. Anyone would have thought so once they read his incredible story! "Devil At My Heels" was written by Louis Zamperini in the 50's and then was released in 2004 with David Rensin as a co-writer). Laura Hillenbrand wrote the book, "Unbroken" after coming across the name of Louis Zamperini in her research for her book "Seabiscuit". I have read some reviews of both books, and I see that many say that Laura Hillenbrand did not put as much emphasis on Mr. Zamperini's Christian faith as much as she should have. I understand that point but I believe that there is a place on anyone's bookshelf for both of these books. Since I had read and re-read "Devil At My Heels" so often, I was very grateful to learn much more detail about Louis Zamperini's life and his family and close friends, and what became of them all. (Some of the book "Unbroken" is very difficult to read, if you have teenagers, I would say have them read "Devil At My Heels". That is just my advice. As adults, if those men could endure what happened to them, we should be able to read about it.)
I can't say why the story of Louis Zamperini affected me so deeply. The fact that Mr. Zamperini wrote back to me after I sent a letter to the publisher is something that I truly treasure. (I think he must have written to many, many people over the years...all handwritten notes and all the postage paid by him!) I am very grateful that Laura Hillenbrand wrote her book which was very popular, but once the movie will be released, I am hoping that this story will be known by millions the world over.