Released this week is the Angelia Jolie produced and directed movie "Unbroken." The movie is based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption." The film, which revolves around the life of USA Olympic athlete Louis "Louie" Zamperini, stars Jack O'Connell as Zamperini with Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, and Domhnall Gleeson.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, however, feels that the Jolie movie doesn't do justice to the book's real story. Thus, they have decided to release the short film, entitled "Louis Zamperini: Captured By Grace," on December 25, the same day that "Unbroken" hits theatres.
Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son, told Fox News Channel's America's Newsroom that though Unbroken is an excellent adaptation of the Laura Hillenbrand's book on Zamperini, the film has skipped essential parts in the former prisoner of war's story, particularly concerning his Christian faith.
"Ms Jolie's movie covered just 33 out of 39 of the book's chapters and only mentioned in passing Mr Zamperini's pivotal 1949 conversion to Jesus Christ," Graham said.
According to Graham, those final chapters are the most important part of Hillenbrand's work "since they explain how Mr Zamperini really became 'unbroken'."
Zamperini turned his life around after he surrendered himself and struggles with revenge, nightmares, alcoholism and a failing marriage to Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade revival.
"His life was transformed instantly that day, and it stayed with him the rest of his life. He never turned from what he had put his faith and trust in, and that was Jesus Christ," Graham said.
The story of both movies revolve around a boy, Louis "Louie" Zamperini who is always in trouble. But with the help of his older brother, he turns his life around and channels his energy into running, later qualifying for the 1936 Olympics. When World War II breaks out, Louie enlists in the military. After his plane crashes in the Pacific, he survives an incredible 47 days adrift in a raft, until his capture by the Japanese navy. Sent to a POW camp, Louie becomes the favorite target of a particularly cruel prison commander.