A gold-medal performance

The most surprising thing about the sturdy, if slightly starchy, storytelling of "Unbroken" (PG-13, Universal) is that it comes courtesy of director Angelina Jolie, never known for constraint in front of the camera. Her sophomore effort as a fiction filmmaker is impeccably acted, handsomely filmed and written, with a lean muscularity, by a quartet of heavyweights including Joel and Ethan Coen. Based on Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 bestseller about Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II, the film is stirring when it needs to be. English-Irish actor Jack O'Connell evokes Zamperini's suffering and his will to survive.

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