Stories of survival, especially those that are true, will always be a compelling subject for film. They help us relate and help us deal with our own obstacles and struggles regardless of the scale difference. Last year Angelina Jolie brought us Unbroken, the true story of Louis Zamperini, a fascinating tale of survival against the odds in World War II. This week brings a similar true story also from World War II, Against the Sun.
In one of the most incredible true stories of World War II comes the story of Tony Pastula (Tom Felton), Harold Dixon (Garret Dillahunt) and Gene Aldrich (Jake Abel), three US Navy airmen who crash their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and find themselves adrift on a tiny life raft with no supplies at all. Together they use their resources and imagination to survive storms, sharks, starvation and each other as they sail more than a thousand miles to land.
Against the Sun is a truly enthralling story of survival, one that is hard to comprehend. The three men had almost nothing with them in the raft aside from a gun and a knife. The film is beautiful to look at with beautiful direction and cinematography and the performances by Felton, from the Harry Potter films, Abel and Dillahunt are all excellent. Dillahunt seems to be one of those actors you keep seeing and continue to be impressed by yet no one seems to know his name. He first impressed in the sci fi series The 4400 and The Sarah Connor Chronicles but manages to be a scene stealer in pretty much everything he does. And if you ever get a chance to see an indie film he did called Oliver Sherman, do so, he is phenomenal in it. Here Dillahunt’s Dixon is the oldest and pseudo-leader of the three men and watching their relationships transform as the days at sea continue to add up is very impressive. All three actors do a great job here. Inspirational, incredible and unbelievable, Against the Sun is highly recommended.