One of the most common criticisms leveled at Angelina Jolie‚Äôs Unbroken by the normally nonchalant faith-based community was that her adaptation completely left out the tale of Louis Zamperini‚Äôs turn toward Christianity later in life. It‚Äôs a story that accounts for the entire third act of Laura Hillenbrand‚Äôs source material, but on screen, it would have taken too much time away from scenes of Zamperini being brutally tortured at a Japanese prison camp‚ÄĒand if you‚Äôre not going to have all the torture, why even build a Japanese prison camp?

But while Christians generally love watching men get tortured, they love watching them get lectured even more, and leaving that out of that film certainly didn‚Äôt help its rather mediocre box office. Hence the release of a special edition that‚Äôs being targeted specifically at Christian audiences‚ÄĒwho will finally get a little something just for them‚ÄĒwhile it presumably bursts into flames when placed in the Blu-rays of nonbelievers.


The ‚ÄúLegacy Of Faith‚ÄĚ edition of Unbroken, as its Christian metal band name suggests, will be marketed directly through Christian stores‚ÄĒstores such as Family Christian, supplier of all your Praying Football Player figurine and Duck Dynasty T-shirt needs. And while the film itself remains the same as the Jolie-directed, Coen brothers-scripted original‚ÄĒas unbroken by the producers‚Äô demand to make it more marketable to Christians as Zamperini was by Japanese soldiers hitting him‚ÄĒit now comes with 90 minutes of additional material detailing his life after the war.

Those extras will cover the troubled Zamperini‚Äôs turn toward alcoholism and violence, which was solved after he attended a Billy Graham sermon and became friends with the young preacher. And they‚Äôll do so using footage taken from later in Zamperini‚Äôs life of his hanging out with Graham and revisiting his former captors, plus ‚Äúa description of what happened‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒdescriptions of past events generally being enough for faithful Christians.


Universal‚Äôs after-the-fact olive branch extended toward the movie‚Äôs jilted, would-be Christian supporters is actually being made secondhand, as the studio‚Äôs outsourced that job to Pure Flix. It‚Äôs already responsible for marketing other Christian-themed thrillers like Mission Air (‚Äúfeaturing a star-filled cast‚ÄĒJamie Kennedy, Tom Arnold, Alexandria Deberry, Paul Rodriguez‚ÄĚ) and all your favorite David A.R. White comedies. But just this one time, Pure Flix can slap the afterthought of a Christian angle on something, if it means protecting the moneymaking legacy of faith.