Movie Review: Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018)

I’ve never walked out of a movie, and I’ve seen some doozies. But y’all, I just couldn’t with this. I left. This movie broke me.

First, I want to be very frank. This is probably not the worst movie I’ve ever seen but it is likely the most disappointing.

The writing was juvenile, predictable, and stilted. The acting did justice to the script in that it was just as obvious and painful. There was no smooth transition between scenes. There was no depth. The movie trotted out every cliché movie moment possible like the writers were fulfilling a checklist they made in their intro to filmography class. You can tell that they felt the moments were big, wow scenes and every single one of them fell flat. There was no organic emotion, no earned feeling, no attempt to develop anything. Instead, they drive you through scene after scene of mediocrity slamming the breaks when they want to pat themselves on the back, all the time reminding you that this is definitely a preaching religious movie.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against religious movies. They can be done very well when the movie puts in the work and earns it. But you can’t just tape clichés together with sub par everything, slap a “based on a true story” on it, and expect me to stay in my seat. I have a high tolerance for things, I love made for tv movies, Hallmark is my jam, but this was lazy and presumptuous to a point that, 70 minutes in, I decided I’d rather walk out of the empty theater than sit and find out how it ends.

And people, I had such high hopes for this movie because I enjoyed Unbroken. Sure, I had my complaints about the first movie but it was a decent movie worth watching. This movie did the first movie wrong. It had none of the good choices that were made in the first movie and none of the ability to drive and control tone. That’s what makes this sequel so much worse. It could have been decent but instead it’s a shallow, hollow, pandering disappointment.

Verdict: 0/5 Don’t bother, I’m sure there is a book out there about the story that would be more enjoyable. This was a complete waste of my money and time. Everyone involved in its creation should be ashamed of the poor product they put out. I’m confident this will be the worst movie I see this year.

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