The second I saw the pilot-windshield POV in a plane crash sequence from the trailer for Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken (Universal, 12.25), I knew it had been respectfully stolen from a very similar shot in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Foreign Correspondent (’40). Obviously. Hitchcock achieved the effect of water smashing through the cockpit windshield by sending a couple of hundred gallons through a rice-paper projection screen. Jolie reportedly achieved the same effect in a similar physical manner.

Unbroken ocean-impact shot #1

Foreign Correspondent ocean-impact shot #1