New film shows how WWII veteran stopped fighting himself, found redemption
“I just keep feeling like this Klaxon horn's going to go off, and it's, 'Man your battle stations.' Maybe the war's not over just because they say it is.”
Although Louis Zamperini's Olympic track career had ended, he still found himself running – this time from the demons of his past.
The sequel to the film “Unbroken” documents a much longer battle following Zamperini's traumatic stint in World War II and his quest for peace.
Son of Louis Zamperini
“What wasn't covered in the first film was, of course, the effects of the war and the prison camp on my dad.”
Louis Zamperini, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption”
“The perseverance and the character that it took to live through that was the nature of the first story. This story is about the consequences of that.”
As Zamperini's PTSD lead to alcholism and bitterness, he hit rock bottom before finding God through a Christian revival by well-known preacher Billy Graham, whose grandson plays him in the film.
Billy Graham, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption”
“Four years after World War II, my grandfather had a huge burden to see people come to know Christ. They'd gotten through the hardships of the war, and now they're looking and it's like they're still missing something. My grandfather came to tell them what they were missing was Jesus Christ.”
Through this forgiveness inspired by God, Zamperini was able to win yet another fight. Now, his true story makes another run on the big screen.