constant inspiration for the others even at some point telling Mac to “Shut up” when he suggests
that they will die on the ocean.
The director leaves the audience in suspense as it waits and hopes that the crew members
will survive. During this scene, the director uses pathos to evoke a variety of emotions in the
souls and hearts of the viewers (Higgins and Walker 201). First, there is the rescue plane that
comes for Louie and his accomplices but does not find them. Next, Louie and his colleagues
have to fight off a shark attack while surviving on fish, birds, rations, and rainwater (Jolie et al.).
Phil even manages to joke that “This is how the Japs eat fish. Raw.” While their conditions are
dire, the viewers cannot help but admire the crew members for their bravery in the face of
uncertainty and danger. However, during this time one of the crew members, Mac, dies. When a
Japanese strike misses them, Phil muses that “If the Japs are this bad, we might even win this
During their time in captivity, the directors of the movie continue to use pathos to appeal
to the emotions of the viewers. In the dungeon, where Louie and Phil are kept, they learn that the
previous captured American soldiers were beheaded and the two wait for their imminent death
anxiously (Jolie et al.). Later, Phil and Louie are sent to different prisoner of war camps where
they are tortured continuously. Louie is sent to the Omori detention center in Tokyo whose head,
Mutsuhiro Watanabe, tortures him due to his status as a former Olympian and American soldier
(Jolie et al.). At some point, Watanabe asks Louie how they operated the Nawdn bombsight.
Louie replies “You just twist two knobs,” and asks “What happened to the Marines?”
Throughout the torture, the directors of the movie show the perseverance of the imprisoned
soldiers. In one instance, when Louie is exhausted, Watanabe orders him to lift a log and tells
him he will be shot in case of failure (Hillenbrand 221). However, Louie musters enough