First Look at Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' in Olympic Trailer

Unbroken Olympics trailer
Photo: Universal Pictures

Universal has released a first look, Olympics trailer at Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini and his journey from Olympian to World War II prisoner of war. Narrated by Tom Brokaw this Olympics preview introduces Zamperini's story using news reel footage alongside footage from the upcoming film, based on Laura Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption".

If you don't know the story, this is a great place to start and reason enough to look forward to the film.

The one thing I find interesting is the cinematography, which was handled under the careful eye of Roger Deakins. The film looks a lot like something Tom Stern or another one of Clint Eastwood's DPs might have shot. I wonder if Jolie was inspired by Stern's work on Changeling and asked for something in that same vein.

The screenplay was written by Joel and Ethan Coen along with Richard Lagravanese and William Nicholson and it will hit theaters this Christmas.

The film stars Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, John Magaro and Alex Russell.

  • Ryguy815

    This looks really good.

  • sunny

    Jack O'connell interview
    Q:Speaking of directors, you’ve been working with Angeline Jolie on “Unbroken.” Is it true the old cliché about directors who are actors making good actors’ directors?

    Definitely. But what surprised me as well, actually I dunno if I was surprised, but she does have a real discipline for all the other elements too. It was all such a Hollywood project, so there were all these other elements to supervise. Thankfully Roger Deakins was on hand to really make a spectacle of what we were shooting. And to a phenomenal extent. And we had to hit the ground running, we didn’t have the luxury of time, so the fact that she was an actors' director, with these other priorities also, meant that we were not only able to fulfill the schedule on time, but also really well, man, and really get the end product. I mean, I think we’re really sitting on something.

  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    Great cinematography but I guess that like saying water is wet, because Deakins is the DP on this film. Coens writing this, I should be excited and looking forward to this

  • Hudsucker

    This looks quite good. I really want to see this now.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Was it just me or did the voice from the narrator just seem completely out of place(and ruin the trailer)? Other than that, looked good.

    • Xarnis

      I believe it's because it was an "Olympic special look" or something like that.

      • andyluvsfilms

        But without that old timey cadence.

  • azjoker1

    That looks fantastic. Probably will be a contender for Best Picture. Opinions?

  • Rohan Michael Morbey

    Looks like a Clint Eastwood picture. And that's a good thing!

  • Xarnis

    Looks like it could be solid. It's a bit troubling when the Coens don't direct their own scripts, but Deakins' cinematography looks great - as always.

  • Winchester

    I quite liked the style of that kind of info-trailer. Looks like it's going to be one to keep an eye out for.

  • navaneethks

    Looks very good and I really like the tone of the film. Looking forward to the release date announcement.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    This is exactly what I meant in my listener question. I'm not judging the movie based on quality (clearly, I haven't seen it yet), but I just find myself annoyed whenever A-list actors decide to take their turn in the director's chair. The film's quality remains to be seen, but even if I end up loving it and it ends up scoring a Best Picture nom, I'll still feel as if many mainstream actors lack what it takes to leave a lasting cinematic imprint. Clearly, I'm not expecting every film or film-maker to accomplish this Herculean task, but I like to judge directorial talent based on technical merit, and I don't feel as if many of today's A-listers have this.