Video: Three upcoming movies tell war stories

Scene from "Unbroken." Image: Universal Pictures.
Scene from "Unbroken." Image: Universal Pictures.
Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In all that time, countless movies have focused on the French Resistance, the plight of prisoners of war, D-Day, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle of the Bulge and the Holocaust. Even so, the movies keep coming.

   As the year ends, three films tell fictional and nonfictional stories about the war. All are worthy of attention:

The flick: Fury

Starring: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman and Shia LaBeouf.

In a nutshell: Pitt portrays Wardaddy, a hardened Army sergeant who must lead his tank crew on a mission behind enemy lines. Lerman is the rookie who undergoes a literal trial by fire. From the looks of it, this is an intense band-of-brothers flick.

Opens: Oct. 17.

Fiction of nonfiction: Fiction, but who cares? It sounds like a great ride.

Why we want to see it: Have you ever wondered what it might be like inside a tank? For most of us, a movie theater is as close as we want to get. 

See the official website here.

The flick: The Imitation Game

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

In a nutshell:  Cumberbatch portrays Alan Turing, a mathematician, cryptologist and computer scientist charged with cracking the German Enigma Code.  

Opens:  Nov. 21.

Fiction or nonfiction: Nonfiction. Turing is regarded as one of the founders of computer science. Indeed, a building at the University of Manchester, England, is named for him. Despite Turing's genius, his life took a tragic turn: He was prosecuted for homosexual acts, subjected to chemical castration in 1952 and died two years later as a result of cyanide poisoning. He was formally granted a royal pardon in 2013, according to the BBC.

Why we want to see it: The movie is already winning awards at film festivals. Critics describe Cumberbatch with the word brilliant. Beyond that, this is the kind of intellectual thriller that offers a picture of behind-the-scenes action during World War II.  

See the official website here.

The flick: Unbroken

Starring: Jack O'Connell, an English actor who was in 300: Rise of an Empire. The true stars are behind the camera -- Angelina Jolie directed a script written by Joel and Ethan Coen.

In a nutshell:  During a search-and-rescue mission in 1943, the airplane carrying Olympian Louis Zamperini crashed in the Pacific. He and two other men drifted on a raft for 47 days before being captured by the Japanese.

Opens: Dec. 25.

Fiction or nonfiction:  Nonfiction. Based on the best-seller by Laura Hillenbrand, the movie depicts the wartime service and imprisonment of Zamperini. 

Why we want to see it:  Zamperini, who died earlier this year, lived through a series of harrowing events. Under Jolie’s direction and with a script by the Coen brothers, Unbroken promises to be an excellent movie.

See the official website here.


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