Unbroken Screens as the Last Gasp of Awards Season Awaits Major Critics

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Nothing has won anything major yet. The Imitation Game won the top People’s Choice award in Toronto, which is a good thing. Way too many people were predicting Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken to win Best Picture, which will likely go down in awards history as one of those years where expectations were so impossibly high the film couldn’t possibly live up to them. But no pundit will take the blame for this, nor will they change their practices next year when a Big Oscar Movie on paper lands in their number one spot. I think it’s easy to predict a nominee that way, just not a winner. Never a winner. A winner happens organically. It is seen, then it wins. There are very few ideas so big they can trump a movie being seen.

There are so many of us clucking about, pretending to be experts, giving advice, predictions — making broad statements, dismissing films we shouldn’t. It seems like the number of people covering this race, which doesn’t have much of a story to it this year, has tripled since last year. It is an industry onto itself and half of the time I’ve forgotten what any of it means.

The simple of fact of it is, nobody knows squat, my friends. We think we know but we don’t. One movie could win a major award and the whole thing could be turned around. One movie could seem like it has everything it needs to get in — like Inside Llewyn Davis — and not get in. American Hustle can seem like a big sloppy mess of a movie and it can top the critics awards on the march to Oscar. In truth, the Oscar race starts tomorrow. Before that, dear friends, it’s just a lot of hot air in a dry desert.

Finally, Unbroken screened for audiences. It is by no means a bad film. Jolie shows promise as a director — she’s getting there. She’s not quite great yet, nor should she be expected to be. She seems drawn towards stories of suffering and Unbroken is no exception. Where other actors turned directors usually deal with feel-good material or else very solid stories, Jolie is dealing with telling the true life story of someone she came to love and admire. Her respect, admiration, and yes, love for Louis Zamperini shines through the film. It is a heartfelt dedication to a truly exceptional man. Does that make it a good movie? It has its moments. It is tough to sit through, meaning, it doesn’t let up. It’s one awful scene after another because it’s depicting Zamperini’s life, which was a whole lot of faith-testing suffering. To that end, it is not unlike Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. There are God references throughout Unbroken, which makes me think it is going to play well with the faithful.

In terms of Oscar – well, who knows. Look, Munich got in for Picture and Director and it had about as much hype as Unbroken had. Its momentum kept it in the race. Can Unbroken make the top five ballots of enough Academy members to get in? Right now, that isn’t a question that can be answered. There are too many variables. We don’t yet know where any of these films are going to land. We have our guesses. Most people think I’m nuts to see Gone Girl as a solid entry but how could anyone not see it that way with the kinds of films that have been opening? Gone Girl is one of the few entertaining movies in the whole lineup, one that isn’t depressing or hard to sit through. It’s creepy fun. But I could turn out to be wrong and you can all throw pies in my face and tell me how much you told me so. Another year, another dumb Oscar game.

I see it placed this way in the Best Picture race:

Boyhood
Selma
Birdman
Imitation Game
Gone Girl
Theory of Everything
Foxcatcher
Whiplash
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Next tier:
Unbroken
Interstellar
The Grand Budapest Hotel
A Most Violent Year
Wild
The Homesman

So I see it with potential but it’s not a slam dunk. If the critics praise it to high heavens that changes the perception. If it wins a major critics award, that changes perception. The Oscar race is fluid, not static. It is not determined by we who write about it. It is determined by industry voters, a giant consensus that picks and chooses.

Best Director has to be carefully considered this year because I think, with such a wide open year, you could be looking at two vastly different director lineups from the DGA to the Academy.

DGA might go:
Linklater
Inarritu
Fincher
Miller
Tyldum or Marsh

Academy might go:
Linklater
Inarritu
Miller
Chazelle
Leigh

You just never know. Good thing we have a whole bunch of awards coming up that will help guide us into the right hole. Right now, we’re just stabbing at things that look like holes. That’s too big to be a space station!

If Unbroken has one problem it’s the score. It just kept telling us what we were supposed to feel. I think it would have been better served with less of an obvious/sentimental score. But that’s just me. Let’s wait to hear what the critics say.

Last thing, it would be nice if this moment was the moment Oscar bloggers stopped putting movies at the top of their list based on what they look like on paper. But you know that ain’t happening any time soon.

65 comments

  1. Pete 8 months ago

    Dave Poland didn’t appear to like it at all. Will be fascinating to see just what team Selma will do considering Pitt’s involvement.

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  2. Danny 8 months ago

    Hmm.. I’m a little surprised to be honest! I saw it this morning and thought it was very good. Not one of my favorites of the year, but I’d say it should definitely be considered one of if not the frontrunner at this point. For the first hour of the movie I really thought “Unbroken is unbeatable” – it certainly felt like a paint-by-numbers Oscar movie, there were very few surprises, but it was hitting its moments and not missing a beat. But the third act fell a little flat for me. As soon as they get to the coal prison camp, the movie seems to lose its narrative momentum. And unfortunately, the climactic “plank” moment just doesn’t hit for me. Maybe it’s the score (I didn’t find it too much like Sasha did, I just found it unmemorable), maybe it’s some strange acting from Miyavi (he doesn’t quite get “there,” plus his reactions are a little odd – a comment he made in the Q&A after illuminated what was going on with the character there, but it’s not clear in the movie), or maybe it’s something subtler in the editing – but what should have been the Braveheart “Freedom!” moment or the Shawshank dance in the rain just doesn’t land. I’m also a soft-hearted marshmallow with just about anything, but I wasn’t ever especially moved by the movie.

    Now that sounds like a lot of negatives for what is a pretty good movie. Perhaps it really is a victim of its own hype in that way. It’s hard not to nitpick when the bar has been set so high beforehand. I would not be surprised to see this win it all – but now like Sasha I’m interested in hearing a wider reaction. (I was a raving lunatic in favor of Interstellar when I saw it and was honestly gobsmacked by the dissenting opinions, so shows what I know).

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  3. Danny 8 months ago

    I also just got home from The Hobbit. It’s easily the best of the trilogy and the only one that even approaches the LOTR movies in terms of quality. But in the grand scheme of things it’s nothing to write home about.

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  4. Monica 8 months ago

    no surpirse Sasha who has been talking crap about Unbroken for weeks on here and twitter, doesnt like it. Good thing pundits who have no bias(cough Selma, Gone Girl) seem to think the movie will do very well with audience and the Academy. Poland, Tapley, and Sahsa were all shitt talking Unbroken yesterday even and Mark Harris had to tell them that they shouldnt go into the screening with their mindset. No surprise they are the only 3 pundits who have an issue with the movie. lol at you putting Unbroken as 2nd tier.

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  5. Ligaya 8 months ago

    Any truth to Page 6′ contention that Angelina Jolie turned in “too arty” a movie & Universal cut it to be more commercial?

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  6. Christian 8 months ago

    Yay for Into the Woods!

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  7. Monica 8 months ago

    Also Selma isnt even top 2 on any gurus of Gold except for your vote Sasha, Sorry to burst your bubble but it isnt winning any Oscars.

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  8. Radich 8 months ago

    “A winner happens organically. It is seen, then it wins. There are very few ideas so big they can trump a movie being seen.”
    Why a lot of people can not understand this, is beyond me.

    Glad to hear Unbroken is not a bad movie. I’m definitely curious to hear from the critics about it. Well, we’ll see how far it will go in this race…

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  9. Danny 8 months ago

    Christian, Into the Woods ain’t winning anything. It is a fun, charming movie. But it’s quite a bit of a mess.

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  10. Monica 8 months ago

    @ Danny how was the audience reaction to the film. and do you think the Academy will go for this. i am referring to Unbroken. i cant take Sahsa opinion seriously since she had been trashing the movie for the past 2 weeks because of Selms

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  11. Aaron B 8 months ago

    @Danny, approaching the level of the LOTR trilogy is plenty for me to write home about. Can’t wait to see the final movie.

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  12. Ryan 8 months ago

    Definitely don’t believe you’re alone in thinking ‘Gone Girl’ will score a Best Pic nom (at least, I hope you’re not!). Saw it opening weekend after reading the book and liked it, didn’t love it, but have seen it two more times since and it’s held up extraordinarily well as a smart, consistently engaging and entertaining film (might’ve just needed to detach myself from the book first). Anyways, with the cast/creative involved, the huge numbers for the film and just the continual buzz around it, I don’t see it losing out on a nod. My third viewing was at a nearly sold-out show in a small town in Washington state this past Monday while visiting family … it’s clearly still connecting with a lot of people, and I hope it’s a huge player this awards season.

    Anyways, although it’s just been a lot of knee-jerk Twitter reactions so far, the race really seems to be coming down to ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Selma.’ ‘Birdman’ continuing its momentum and winning best ensemble at the SAGs wouldn’t surprise me much, but I just don’t see it going all the way. Having seen ‘Boyhood’ a couple times, I’m completely OK with it winning (and sure hope Patricia Arquettte will), but I’m really anxious to see ‘Selma’ now.

    Sure hope we can avoid letting another mess like ‘American Hustle’ into the Oscar race, but I’ll probably be surprised.

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  13. Pj 8 months ago

    The Great Anne Thompson has spoken.

    @akstanwyck: Unbroken delivers: Q & A w/ Jolie next. She, Coens, O’Connell, Miyavi, Desplat, editors & Deakins Oscar contenders. http://t.co/Ur47ZaxqJ7

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  14. nibor 8 months ago

    lol @ the oscars. boyhood – best pic, under the skin – best director, birdman – best original screenplay, gone girl – best adapted screenplay. jake gylenhaal for best actor. julianne moore leading actress, agata in ida for supporting actress, josh brolin – supporting actor. deakins – best cinematography. in a perfect world :)

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  15. Danny 8 months ago

    @monica

    Sasha hasn’t been trashing unbroken the last two weeks. She’s simply taken a small amount of umbrage at the idea of anointing it before it has even be seen. Seems pretty darn reasonable to me!

    The audience reaction seemed quite strong. The title cards at the end got laughs and “awws” and applause. (for anyone who’s read the book, they conveniently omit some of Louis’s more questionable conduct later in life). I can’t tell how much of the applause was for the film itself and how much was for the real-life men and women behind the scenes. Not to mention our never-ending love as a country for all things world war 2. I mean, look, the pedigree’s there. You can’t ask for a better team behind the camera. Moreover, you can’t ask for a better STORY. It’s lined up pretty perfectly for a strike (hell, the bumpers are probably even up!). I just don’t know if all the pieces fit together to become more than their individual parts. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if it wins. Nor would I be tremendously upset (this isn’t an American Hustle-type dog, or an ultimately hollow prom queen like Argo, or a contemptible piece of soap opera like Crash). But it’s not the best movie of the year.

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  16. Ryan Adams 8 months ago

    great, now for the next month we get to see the finger-wagging and listen to the cluck-cluck-clucking from all the people who haven’t seen Unbroken, scolding and nagging like they know more about Unbroken than someone who has seen it. great, just great.

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  17. lee 8 months ago

    okay, serious, serious wishful thinking going on but is Inherent Vice really so far out, it’s been far better received than many of the contenders, shows immense skill with it’s period detail and aren’t the 1970’s the era many of those Oscar voters considered too conservative grew up in, nostalgia vote? Like I said wishful thinking but it’s a shame that a film that’s so enjoyable and unique is being completely dismissed in the Oscar conversation. I’m a dreamer but I’d say it has as good a chance as that other work of bizarre wonder, Gone Girl.

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  18. julian the emperor 8 months ago

    “A winner happens organically. It is seen, then it wins. There are very few ideas so big they can trump a movie being seen.”

    This is very true.
    Couldn’t we just stick with that dictum and stop letting on about what motives there are to dislike a movie prior to seeing it. I simply don’t believe Sasha would choose to deliberately berate Unbroken if – deep down – she knew it was great. That’s ludicrous.

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  19. John 8 months ago

    Thank you Sasha and particularly Danny for your honest thoughts.

    Cant wait to see it down the road, but its very interesting to hear both of your takes.

    Fascinating to see Sasha mention Passion of the Christ (eeeek, brutal violence to watch) as a reference!

    And Danny, your level-headed responses are mighty welcome amid a sea of hyperbolic twitter adoration/dismissal.

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  20. Bryce Forestieri 8 months ago

    I wasn’t paying attention to the race, but I can only imagine the kind of hype something like MUNICH had early in the year, and then it kind of backfired once people got to see it? You know the famous “backlash”? Is that how it went? I don’t know. The thing is, MUNICH indeed is pretty great, isn’t it? I presume that helped it coast through all the “it’s no SCHIDLER’S LIST” pushbacks that it must have gotten. A quick twitter survey amongst those at the screening last night in addition to your piece and others suggest nobody was particularly blown away in any shape or form.

    Finally, huge deal, folks.

    Last night I predicted that Jolie will not make the Best Director line-up.

    I know, I know — took balls, but I did it. My big gamble this season.

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  21. jake 8 months ago

    The race will be between Boyhood and Selma

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  22. Pete 8 months ago

    Being the best Hobbit movie is like being the valedictorian of summer school.

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  23. Free 8 months ago

    Actually, I kinda like seeing people make big stabs in the dark when it comes to the BP race early on. It’s fun to see how right (or very wrong) you were at the beginning of the year vs. the end. I, too, think Gone Girl is very worthy of a BP nod, especially with this year’s lineup. Can we go back to 5 nominees now?

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  24. Ramon 8 months ago

    I was sure this would be a piece of shit. Just because it’s made by a superstar it doesn’t mean it’s less bad

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  25. Jesus Christ 8 months ago

    I had a hunch that Miss Stone was sort of “meh” about Unbroken, but, I’m not fazed by it! I appreciate this part: “Her respect, admiration, and yes, love for Louis Zamperini shines through the film. It is a heartfelt dedication to a truly exceptional man. Does that make it a good movie? It has its moments. ” I will continue to root for the movie until I watch it for myself and will root for it afterwards all the way throughout the award seasons. It’s a cliché to say, but you know, you can’t please everyone!

    #Bless!

    Anyway, about Gone Girl. YES! It’s “creepy fun” all right! That chemistry between Pike and Affleck is great. We all think this, we all know they’d pronounce beautiful babies! You know it!

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  26. Bryce Forestieri 8 months ago

    The estimable The Telegraph scathes UNBROKEN with a 2 out of 5 stars review!

    “Besides, the last part of Hillenbrand’s book – about Louie’s obsession with inflicting a bloody revenge on his tormentor – is wholly beyond the film’s remit. This more troubling layer to his story is sliced off, ruthlessly cauterised. To make a purely consoling myth out of his life, Louie must simply believe, triumph and survive, as inspirationally as possible, and with no inner contradictions to spike the brew. Jolie has made a 137-minute long film that gets us barely further than a poster, and O’Connell is the poster-boy.”

    And who’s really going to take the fall?

    “Jack O’Connell’s smashing trajectory as a star also hits some bumps here, for reasons not wholly his fault. He’s at his best at sea, in the middle stretches when Louie and two fellow crew-members from his shot-down bomber (Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock) drift 2,000 miles on a leaking life-raft, dodging shark attacks and Japanese strafing runs. The logic of survival here is more practical, the you-can-do-it rhetoric unspoken, and more reliably compelling.” http://bit.ly/1vB0oWq

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  27. Paddy Mulholland 8 months ago

    Feels like the War Horse of 2014 for me. Big studio project, WWII setting, lots of buzz, hit with a less enthusiastic response than hoped for, an Oscar contender nonetheless on the back of the prestige and its considerable commercial potential. War Horse was the first film in some time to score an Oscar nomination for Best Picture without any corresponding acting, writing, directing or editing recognition from the Academy – Unbroken appears to be an a roughly similar position currently, based on early word. One way or another, when a film is essentially ruled out of vying for the big win, we can comfortably take it off our prediction lists for major awards nominations. So, Bryce, you’re wise to omit Angelina from your Best Director predictions – she was never even on mine to begin with.

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  28. julian the emperor 8 months ago

    The Guardian isn’t too appreciative either:

    …there’s a reined-in, by-the-book quality to much of the film-making that doesn’t exactly add to its impact. Zamperini’s is an inspiring story all right, but in Jolie’s hands it’s all a bit “inspirational” – quote-unquote.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/dec/01/unbroken-review-angelina-jolie-jack-o-connell-louis-zamperini-oscar-bait

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  29. julian the emperor 8 months ago

    ‘The War Horse of 2014′ is almost too apt a way of describing the Unbroken scenario, but I think that you’re right, Paddy. It’s going to take some effort to make a strong enough lifeboat for this movie to keep it from drowning…

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  30. Ethan 8 months ago

    Can’t believe all those claiming Sasha was trashing Unbroken. No she wasn’t. She did not believe in the hype that it was going to be a multi-award winning Oscar contender like AJ’s PR team hyped it out to be. Must be silly brangelina fans from Celebitchy and JustJared coming here to trash Sasha for her honest opinion. Sorry but AJ still hasn’t proved to be Clint Eastwood yet it seems. And so far from the Gaurdian and Telagraph reviews about it, Unbroken might not even make it to the Oscars t all. You can tell Angelina badly wants that Best Director Oscar. She was too afraid of bad reviews that she or Universal put an embargo until Dec 2. Well look at highly acclaimed directors like Ridly Scott, who is being trashed left, right and enter for Exodus or Nolan, whose reviews for Interstellar weren’t that great either. They have no problems with receiving horrible reviews. A director, you have to be okay wit criticism. Which Angelia wanted to avoid by putting an embargo or Universal did.

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  31. Bryce Forestieri 8 months ago

    Paddy, I’ve skeptical along the way, but never made it official until last night — so you beat me to it then. I agree that as an Oscar player, at the moment, its prospect seem to mirror those of WAR HORSE. Similarities end there though.

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  32. Pete 8 months ago

    If, and this is a big if, Unbroken doesn’t make it to the Oscar stage, the rumor about the studio demanding a recut will blow up big.

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  33. Mica 8 months ago

    Variety doesn’t like it. The Wrap is unenthusiastic. The Guardian and the Telegraph hate it. Oops, there goes the Oscar front runner.

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  34. Steven Kane 8 months ago

    I’ve been skeptical about Unbroken since I first saw the original trailer. It looked too good, too polished. There was something off about it. It could be the script which I’ve said had too many cooks in one kitchen. I’m not trashing it sight unseen, I saw minutes of trailer footage and made an early judgment call then. I hope it turns out better than people are saying but I’m not too surprised by this reaction.

    Bryce, I remember the hype for Munich like it was yesterday. It was hyped like hell in January all through the end of the year. Shit it was still being filmed a few months before release I believe. I haven’t watched it since release, and I’m sure it’s gotten better with age, but it didn’t really hit any backlash. The reviews were very good but it had impossible hype to live up to. It also featured many quiet moments that I’m not quite sure everyone was expecting. Aside from one cringe-worthy, maybe laughably bad, moment I thought it was excellently made.

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  35. Robin Write 8 months ago

    “great, now for the next month we get to see the finger-wagging and listen to the cluck-cluck-clucking from all the people who haven’t seen Unbroken, scolding and nagging like they know more about Unbroken than someone who has seen it. great, just great.”

    Yes Ryan. And we can also enjoy those coming on here to point and laugh Ha Ha Gone Girl didn’t win and Ha Ha Selma wasn’t nominated and Let’s misinterpret what Awardsdaily mean and Ask why do you talk about women in film all the time?

    Gulp, Sigh and Yawn.

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  36. Free 8 months ago

    Oh man, I was seriously thinking Unbroken sounds like 2014’s War Horse, too! Movie with the most hype going in, reactions are mixed, but we gotta fill that BP lineup, so it’s probably in anyway.

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  37. Des Brown 8 months ago

    As a number of posters on here have highlighted, the first British reviews have appeared and they’re not good. The Guardian gives it 3 stars out 5 saying “there’s something faintly stodgy and safety-first about the endeavour”. Tim Robey in The Telegraph calls it “the misleadingly awards-tipped Unbroken”, and adds ‘the film settles into a Forrest Gumpian groove that doesn’t glorify the human spirit so much as sap it.’
    The film may also suffer at the box office as Jack O’Connell is an unknown in the US – in Britain he’s done a couple of highly acclaimed Brit-fliks ‘Starred Up’ and ‘71’.

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  38. m1 8 months ago

    “Aside from one cringe-worthy, maybe laughably bad, moment I thought it was excellently made.”

    Are you talking about that sex scene at the end intercut with those scenes of graphic violence? If so, I agree.

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  39. Ligaya 8 months ago

    M1, are you talking about Munich or Unbroken?

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  40. Taskile 8 months ago

    Well, all those Brangeloonies are calling Sasha and respected, actual film critics ‘haters ‘now since they didn’t like Jolie’s film that much. Well, I had feeling that this movie wasn’t going to be that great, even though Angelina Jolie campaigned her self out out to the max with all this made up bullshit that Unbroken was going to dominate the Oscars. Neither the directing, scripting,or the whole plot was particularly praised. Jack O ‘Connell however got good reviews for his acting. That Miyavi dude’s acting wasn’t really praised either( what acting can you expect from a pop star?), yet he was being hyped up as a front runner for Best Supporting Actor I remember. I think only Jack O Connell seems to only have a chance for an Oscar for his acting. The only Oscar nom or win this movie might get.

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  41. Free 8 months ago

    Some of us also know of O’Connell’s talent via Skins.

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  42. Steven Kane 8 months ago

    M1, you got it. I wasn’t even thinking of the violence, I was thinking of that slow-mo climax and that music. It felt like it came from any director BUT Spielberg.

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  43. LCbaseball22 8 months ago

    Aside from the scene many have alluded to or explicitly mentioned, I would argue that Munich was the Best Film of 2005…

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  44. Jerry Grant 8 months ago

    “Last thing, it would be nice if this moment was the moment Oscar bloggers stopped putting movies at the top of their list based on what they look like on paper.”

    Yes, but also, Oscar bloggers should think a little beyond the plot (heroic story!) and the big names (Jolie!) before touting something as likely to win. The best info you can go on in predicting a movie to be big is the director. “War Horse” and “Munich” were reasonable predictions sight unseen because Spielberg. “American Hustle” and “Wolf of Wall Street” were reasonable predictions because Russell and Scorsese. Etc. Jolie has not proven herself yet, and so it was always an unwise bet to call “Unbroken” a top contender. The only good info is who’s behind the helm. Beyond that, Sasha’s absolutely right to be skeptical about big predictions for movies that have not been seen.

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  45. John 8 months ago

    Yeah but, War Horse actually had a fair amount of great reviews if you go and look (Metacritic/RT). I dont see Unbroken with 7 100s as of right now.

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  46. Nick Johnson 8 months ago

    Now I feel like a dumbass. I picked this to win BP a few months back.

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  47. Relindas 8 months ago

    all Jolie can do best is being a famous HO

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  48. JudiB 8 months ago

    We saw “The Railway Man” earlier in the year. Very well acted & the subject matter is eerily similar to “Unbroken”. Many of the criticisms/praise of that film seem the same in most reviews that I’ve read. The one difference is that Anjelina is directing. She has that much buzz, clout, etc to get this film possible nominations. That is star power. Sasha was very clear in her discussions on Unbroken. I thought it was very fair. She’s taking hits here that are not deserved. Now I thought Gone Girl was overly praised. Seems pretty much a given that a film by David Fincher will be lauded.

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  49. Jerry Grant 8 months ago

    Also, “War Horse” is a great and masterful film

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  50. Holden 8 months ago

    I maintain that Munich is a legitimately great Spielberg film that is as thrilling and entertaining as it is thoughtful and challenging–which is to say, very, on both counts.

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  51. Rich 8 months ago

    Good writeup with the exception of the last sentence. It would be good if Oscar Bloggers stopped taking bribes to put movies at the top of their list. Everyone knows Unbroken wasn’t even finished before people started talking about award nominations. And then to have some loon go on a blog and say it’s the best movie they’ve ever seen on November 17 is really beyond ridiculous

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  52. Steven Kane 8 months ago

    Rich, which loon said it was the best movie they ever saw?

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  53. Antoinette 8 months ago

    So it stinks and it’s hard to watch. Wunderbar!

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  54. Bryce Forestieri 8 months ago

    “Also, ‘War Horse’ is a great and masterful film”

    +1

    and MUNICH

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  55. Bryce Forestieri 8 months ago

    “The reviews were very good but it had impossible hype to live up to.”

    It has aged magnificently, like much of Spielberg’s early ’00’s stuff. A.I., MINORITY REPORT, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN are now undeniables and THE TERMINAL, in retrospect, it’s looking like one of the more memorable and subdued 9/11 metaphors, I presume, that in future analysis, it will be mentioned alongside superior movies like 25TH HOUR. I’m so hopeful about 2015, when we get a new Spielberg, and a new Scorsese, and a new purely genre Tarantino, and a new Haynes.

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  56. LCbaseball22 8 months ago

    I’m guessing this is with only a few scores posted but Unbroken has emerged with a perfect 100/100 on the BFCA site

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  57. Adrien 8 months ago

    Unbroken mostly as average to negative reviews. It has a 59 % rating on RT.I am sorry, but didn’t the brangeloonies go around calling Gone Girl( 88 rating T) and Intersteller( 74% rating RT) flops? No a movie that has been reviewed as just average to negative and has a 59% rating is a flop. Many critics called out Unbroken as not living up to the hype and that Angelina Jolie still has a lot learn about directing. Many of them are wondering why everyone thought she was gonna get Best Director nom win she is not a seasoned or prolific director yet.

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  58. Underscore 8 months ago

    There were too many grammatical errors with my original two posts. I am requesting that the first two are deleted and the edited one is posted.

    I was very angry, upset, and tired when I first typed it.

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  59. Underscore 8 months ago

    Edited Version:

    My rant here is not directed specifically towards Sasha or anybody who actually engaged in constructive criticism but it is directed towards the haters and certain other posters. The ugliness towards Unbroken is seriously boggling my mind. I thought the original score was beautiful by the way. I hate the anti-campaign is already succeeding and it is horrific how people are playing into it while trashing the people who speak out about it.

    This slander against the film and people who actually support a good film that is being severely & wrongly maligned is seriously insane here.

    This forum is being overwhelmed by haters and trolls who are succeeding in their anti-campaign against the movie & are gloating about it. The fact that the hate term ” Brangeloonies” is being tossed about repeatedly by a bunch of rabid ignoramuses is a testament to the fact. Anybody who doesn’t drink the media kool-aid or buy into the spin against them is a “loonie.” Anybody who appreciates the quality of their work is a “loonie”. People are being influenced by their personal hate here.

    It is no coincidence that Fury & Unbroken are following a similar trajectory here. Go to any forum and their haters will dominate the message boards. They will bully, degrade, and mock people who actually are immune to this bullshit negative spinning by calling them loonies. I can’t take any of these tabloid lemmings seriously and I knew a bunch of biased journalists would nit-pick outrageously to tank two good movies from entering the Oscar Race.

    Every single time, their movies have to overcome a bias and backlash. People were hating from this film from the start and rooting for it to fail.
    The film could never live up to the harsh standards and unreasonable expectations.

    I am comparing Unbroken to the competition that is being highly touted as commendable. It is ridiculous that Unbroken is being trashed as a terrible movie by some people considering what is out there right now.

    The same anti-campaign was successful against Fury and it is happening against Unbroken now. Numerous factors are at play here but there is no point in discussing it with people who are this biased and are operating on malice.

    There were pundits eager to write off Unbroken as a contender from the get-go. They didn’t want Unbroken to threaten Selma or Gone Girl’s position in the awards race.

    Unbroken will have longevity. I know the critical rating will improve strongly like it did with Fury once the scathing reviews are out of the gate because it was set up that way.

    Angelina would have to direct a masterpiece of the ages to impress the majority. It honestly doesn’t matter what I say because people will tarnish this movie no matter what. Then I will be called a loon for actually giving kudos to a great movie that fully encapsulated the heroism of Louis in an interesting and provocative manner.

    The real loonies are playing a nasty game here. Good job, for tanking a good movie because you operate on a vicious agenda because you believe corrupt media misportrayals.

    There is legit criticism and then there is plain mindless bashing & cyber-bulling which a number of posters here are engaging in. You won’t find people being so horribly pleased that a movie is getting some bad reviews like we are getting with this perverse reception of Unbroken.

    I know most of the reviews will end up being positive and the critical rating will be good but not great. It is not fair or right for a film to be written off this way after only ten reviews. I am not going to even go on a diatribe about Metacritic when I go by Rotten Tomatoes anyway.

    Regardless of any awards consideration, she can hold her head high knowing her passion project was good. Jack O’ Connell and the rest of the people involved in the film will be robbed of any acclaim they deserve.

    People are demented enough with their bias to make false accusations about bribes and all sorts of vile nonsense. It is disgusting. I knew the movie wouldn’t be given a fair chance.

    I can’t deal with the lies and misgeneralizations by trolls who visit here. Nobody was going around calling Gone Girl a flop or etc. At least the majority were not. A stupid backlash is being generated and people are surrendering to it. It is the same lynch mob mentality on IMDB and most mesageboards because the haters love to congregate there.

    There are many people who saw Unbroken and loved it. Nobody is a loon for thinking it is one of the best movies of 2014. Now there is a mob attacking anybody who liked the movie and is defending it from the early press ugliness that everybody anticipated as “crazy” with one ridiculous lie after another. It is horrific that such corruption and dirty politics taints the award race.

    Of course, there would be media outlets ripping it to shreds because Angelina directed it. It had a target on its back. I know what the circumstances are. Certain people had a negative mindset, they can deny all they want to but it has been reflected repeatedly in their snark and how they pit Unbroken against their faves.

    Certain movies and celebrities have to contend with biases and all sorts of devious tactics.

    Nobody called out the blatant PR campaign for Cake even though that was critically panned. Most sites jumped on that bandwagon gleefully. That is our society here for you.

    Unbroken will end up with a good but not great critical rating. It will have decent numbers at the box office. The movie may or may not miss out on awards consideration. I will be called all sorts of names for speaking the truth about what is going on here.

    The haters can gloat all they want, there are many people who will be moved by this film and appreciate it for years to come.

    Give me a break, people were rooting for this film to fail from the start and there are people who are going out of their way to make it fail. Basically, anybody who doesn’t hate her or the film will be called crazy. The film’s publicity wagon was no different from any other high profile movie’s. A lot of movies had strong hype early on and didn’t make the big splash that was anticipated. The commentary here is atrocious. There are people who know what is going on behind the scenes here and won’t subscribe to groupthink when obvious biases & ruthless agendas are being made clear here. Then anybody with a voice of reason will be mocked as a loon for speaking out against this trash.

    This mud-slinging is disgraceful. This movie is far from a piece of shit. It is hard to sit through because it masterfully captures the pain & brutality that Louis suffered through. Then anybody who is complimenting the movie, fan or not, is being trolled as a loon. WTF?!

    There has been rather strong anti-campaigning here from posters and pundits against Unbroken as soon as word came out about the film for a variety of reasons. It merited its prestige factor given who was involved. I was impressed and blown away but I know this will all fall on deaf ears to the fanatical haters. The groupthink here is ludicrous. The movie was not terrible and it doesn’t deserve an ounce of this malarky.

    Now Jack, Roger Deakins, and everybody else associated will have to suffer through this too. I don’t think any output here from Jolie regarding Unbroken would have been good enough for certain people.

    People are quoting the criticism and treating it like gospel while ignoring the praise from many people in the industry towards it. Why aren’t the positive remarks from journalists and other professionals being mentioned as well as the public? They are putting the journalists who disliked aspects of the movie on a pedestal now.

    You also shouldn’t write off a movie after ten reviews but it happened with Fury which came out just fine at the end, it will happen with Unbroken too but it’s award chances will be diminished regardless. The same stupid pattern is being repeated here but every pundit will play into this and write it off now as a major disappointment.

    Funny, how people defended other divisive movies on this site with polarizing reviews. Some of the crap being written against the movie is delusional. There are some legit criticisms being voiced by people but most of it is so insanely defamatory and unfounded. I think I lost brain cells reading some of these posts by trolls.

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  60. Simon 8 months ago

    @ Underscore. I understand you are a fan of Angelina but you don’t come off as a mature person when you throw around words like ‘haters’ and go on a rant that people who didn’t like the film were wrong. First of all, MAJOR FILM CRITICS have seen the movie to judge whether it was good or not. Secondly, yes, I think some fans of Angelina do have a bias against people who are not in awe of her and go around name-calling like ‘haters, jealous. Aniston fans” when people criticize her. Many of those critics did point out that the film did have good aspects about it and there were some audience members who were lucky enough to get a screening and liked it. However, that doesn’t mean Angelina should be immune to criticism. If she wants to be taken seriously as a director, then she has to be okay with criticism regarding the film. All directors get major criticism thrown at them for their films. Ridly Scott is having a ton of shit thrown at him for Exodus, Its not being a ‘hater’ if someone criticizes your work. You have to be okay with receiving negative feedback if you are a director. Its not hating for the last time. Many people felt that this movie was being over-hyped considering the movie was put on embargo for a long time and it was hyped up as a Oscar Winning masterpiece even before the filming began. I don’t think people on this board are being ‘haters’, they are just calling out the nonsense Unbroken was being touted as a mega-Oscar winning masterpiece when its not. I think the criticism was very fair . Now that the reviews are out and they are saying the movie is just mediocre, people were right not buy into the hype. And since you are a fan of Angelina, I am sure if Unbroken got 80% RT or higher, you would be showing it off. I also don’t know why you are brining Fury up or Cake. They have nothing to do with how critics reacted to Unbroken. Some of your points make no sense at all. If a film is not that great and majority of people are not in awe of it either, then how it the reception for it wrong? Some films are good and some are just not. Some a mediocre while some are terrible. And you have a right to your opinion about the film being great and a masterpiece, but don’t go around calling people who didn’t like it “haters’ and write rants that they are wrong and were rooting for her to fail. That’s just immature really.

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  61. Ryan Adams 8 months ago

    The fact that the hate term ” Brangeloonies” is being tossed about repeatedly by a bunch of rabid ignoramuses

    I never heard or saw that term till yesterday. Over the past 8 years, nobody ever used that term till yesterday. Since yesterday, it’s shown up on this site 4 times. Once by you, today, underscore. Twice yesterday by the same person using two different IDs. The 4th time by someone who was joking about the other person using the term.

    If you don’t like the term, underscore, stop using it; because you’re just teaching it to people. The person who’s using multiple IDs is on notice – we’re keeping an eye on him/her.

    I would hardly call it a “hate term” though. It’s a term of disrespect, mockery maybe. But not hate. Honestly, gotta say, your comments in defense of your own interests have been sounding rather hateful.

    Your comments are filled with insults to other readers and insults to our writers. You’re on notice too. Try to chill.

    For the record, I think Fury is brilliant. I haven’t seen Unbroken yet. I like Brad. a lot. I like Angelina, a lot. I don’t like every movie they make and I don’t think everything they touch turns to gold.

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  62. Ryan Adams 8 months ago

    There were too many grammatical errors with my original two posts. I am requesting that the first two are deleted and the edited one is posted.

    Request granted.

    (I like the ID “underscore.” Good word, good ID. Do me a favor and just use that one ID and not the other one, ok? thanks.)

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  63. LCbaseball22 8 months ago

    A lot of what UNDERSCORE had to say could be applied to Nolan, “Nolanites” and Interstellar as well. Just saying…

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  64. AvaGold 8 months ago

    I don’t think Angelina Jolie will get a Best Director nod and this film probably wont be getting a Best Picture nom either. The reviews are saying there is nothing great about the film and Jolie’s direction is nothing to write about. I would be very surprised if she ends up getting a nom and taking the place of a director who is far more deserving then her.

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  65. TI 8 months ago

    Uh-Oh. I think I smell a LOON! Getting their panties in a twist because critics didn’t like AJ’s movie that much?

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