If someone were to commission a song to play over the credits of a movie about heroic determination that comes out on Christmas Day, Coldplay’s “Miracles” would be it. It’s the kind of song that will make you feel, despite the hundred dollars you’ve spent to take your family to the movies — five dollar Milk Duds and all — that at least you’ll all go home feeling cozy and inspired.
“Miracles” appears on the soundtrack to Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who ended up a prisoner of war in Japan during World War II. The song is poppy and easy on the ears (depending on your ears), bordering on anthemic as it builds to a cathartic release in the final minute. It’s a good example of why many of Coldplay’s early fans lamented a turn to a more mainstream sound after the band’s first couple of albums.
Nevertheless, the song is more than fitting for its purpose, and the likely popularity of the movie over the holiday season will ensure that it’s heard by many. The Unbroken soundtrack comes out on Dec. 15.