In my hometown, there is a little airfield about 5 minutes from my house, called “Zamperini Field.” It’s barely noticeable and sometimes you’ll find strawberry fields, cornfields, or what have you, on the far perimeters. It wasn’t until tonight did I know the great history behind the name Zamperini, after watching “Unbroken,” directed and produced by Angelina Jolie.
I had seen the trailer several times before its Christmas day release, and was very excited to see it. I’ve always been incredibly fascinated by that era. However, for some reason I never connected the dots while watching the trailer to realize that the movie was in fact about a chap named Zamperini, and that he was from Torrance.
What an inspiring person Mr. Zamperini was, and his story was told beautifully on the big screen. The WWII films that are all about the action and special effects are tired—what makes a great historical piece is the story being told. Actually, what makes any great piece is the story. Mr. Zamperini was the embodiment of the great American spirit. He came from immigrant parents, found a way to excel in life, and never let what dire circumstances he was in deter him from living.
I have never been more proud of my little hometown. If you’re looking for a great story, I highly recommend you go see this film. The richness of emotions and human spirit will move you.
BIG LOVE & HUGS