Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken has already had several special premieres, although it will not be set for a wide release in the United States until Christmas Day, 2014. The film is garnering mixed but mostly positive reviews, with more reviewers noting that the film drags a bit in the beginning but picks up the pace—and the tension–towards the middle and the end. Reviewers are also praising the performances in the film, calling them emotional, gut-wrenching, and realistic. If you still aren’t planning on catching this upcoming period war film, consider the following reasons why you should see Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken in theaters. It’s based on an interesting and true story The film is based on the true story of Louis Zamperini, a former American air force lieutenant who was captured by Japanese soldiers after his plane went down in the Pacific Ocean. But Zamperini’s story is so much more complex than a simple prisoner of war story. After his plane went down, the survivors–Zamperini and two of his crewmates–survived on a raft for 47 days. They were forced to capture rainwater for drinking water and eat any animals they could get their hands on, which included raw fish and even albatrosses; they also had to deal with the dangers of storms and shark attacks. The raft reached land after 47 days, but they were immediately taken prisoner by Japanese soldiers. Zamperini was sent to various Japanese prisoner of war camps, where he—like the rest of the prisoners—dealt with brutal conditions that included very small rations, forced labor, and beatings. He survived and returned home to a hero’s welcome. It’s been a long time in the making Universal Pictures actually secured the rights to make a movie based on the life of Louis Zamperini in 1957—but it has taken many decades for the film to finally come to fruition. Various directors, writers, and actors have been attached to the project since the 1950s. It was not until the great commercial success of Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption that they finally pushed through with the project. The real Louis Zamperini died at the age of 97. He was able to provide some consultation during the production of the film, and Angelina Jolie says that he was a great inspiration during their meetings together.Don’t miss this incredible and inspiring movie Unbroken.