Parents' Guide to

Unbroken: Path to Redemption

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Faith-based sequel has violent moments, lots of drinking.

Movie PG-13 2018 98 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+


The message is very good. The movie is disappointing because the first half is full of immodest women, even close ups of them. A christian movie should not have that kind of content. I recommend skipping the first half of the movie.
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age 13+

An excellent sequel to an incredible story

The second part of Zamperini's life is certainly worthy of more than what the first movie gave it, and the filmmakers have done an excellent job here. Exceptional acting from the leads, and the older brother as well. A bit of a throwback movie-- charming, earnest, and inspiring for the whole family.

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This slightly unnecessary but well-acted drama explores how faith and family saved Zamperini from years of harrowing nightmares and PTSD. While the story of Louis' return home isn't quite as riveting as the Olympics and WWII portions of the first Unbroken, the lead actors both earnestly convey how the Zamperinis struggled with his alcoholism early in their marriage. And unlike some faith-based films that are heavy handed with conversion themes, the evangelism in Unbroken: Path to Redemption is reserved for the end of the movie, when Will Graham (Billy Graham's grandson) plays his famous grandfather leading his legendary revivals.

The movie's story is fairly straightforward, with several scenes of Louis drinking, making embarrassing/insulting/paranoid comments and then drinking again. Meanwhile, Cynthia looks wide-eyed and disappointed but also patient and steadfast each time he cycles through his episodes. It's a shame there isn't more than just a passing sequence related to Zamperini's return to Japan, since reportedly Louis' time with the Japanese war criminals was profound for both the soldiers and the American war hero. The idea that becoming a born-again Christian is a miraculous cure to substance abuse may also leave nonbelievers skeptical, but this is ultimately a film that fills the void that many in the evangelical community felt Angelina Jolie's Unbroken left by ignoring Zamperini's conversion story.

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