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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

"Unbroken: Path to Redemption" Ends its Theatrical Run

It finishes in 39th place for all-time box office revenue among Christian films.

The Harold Cronk-directed picture was in release for 11 weeks and generated just over $6.2 million, a bit more than its production budget.

This biopic about WWII hero Louis Zamperini tracks his arduous journey from former POW to post-traumatic stress sufferer to alcoholism to redemption through faith in Christ. The film stars Samuel Hunt as Zamperini and Merritt Patterson as his wife, Cynthia, and also features Will Graham, playing his famous grandfather Billy Graham, who helped lead Zamperini to God during his 1949 Los Angeles Crusade.

Following after the 2014 movie Unbroken by director Angelina Jolie, Unbroken: Path to Redemption is technically a sequel in as much as it picks up where her film left off, the end of the war and Zamperini's captivity in Japan, one, and is based on the same source material, Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book Unbroken, two. But the casts are completely different and the films feel virtually unrelated in tone, message, story-telling and cinematography.

For our money here at Christian Film Blog, the second one is far superior despite a much smaller budget - $6 million vs. $65 million - and an even smaller box office take: $6.2 million vs. $163 million. Ultimately, Unbroken: Path to Redemption's message of hope through eternal salvation carries the day, as it did in the actual life of Louis Zamperini, who dedicated the remainder of his time on earth to serving the Lord.

If you missed this movie at the theater, you of course have another crack at it. It is already available digitally and will come out on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 11th. Christian Film Blog thinks this one is worth adding to your library.


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