“Hacksaw Ridge” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

29 January, 2017

Director: Mel Gibson
Screenwriters: Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
Director of Photography: Simon Duggan
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

Synopsis: The true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who volunteered as a medic in WWII yet chose to uphold his religious beliefs by refusing to fire a single bullet in the direction of the enemy.

Hacksaw Ridge Review:

A biopic with as much to say about peace as it does about conflict, “Hacksaw Ridge” is a tenacious war movie, entertaining the idea that a film can be both graphic and empathetic without ever overstepping the line. Crafting a hero who’s both as stubborn as a mule and as meek as a lamb, the film presents the gleeful Desmond T. Doss as a man with firm intentions who knows what he wants; making clear behind the warmth of a smile that only one woman and one book will be on his mind during his time in combat.

Branded a coward for refusing to bear arms, Doss must earn the trust of the military and his medical assistance soon comes in handy as the War brings devastation to his division who begin turning to mush from the moment the battle commences. Mel Gibson paints his later scenes with an endless stream of blood and guts as limbs are blown to pieces and bodies are scattered like unwanted pieces of meat waiting to be devoured by rats and maggots.

Squeezing fresh juice out of an unremarkable screenplay, Gibson’s interpretation establishes Doss as the Forrest Gump of WWII, recounting his heroism, wilfulness and love for his fellow man while also focusing on the uncomfortable plight of a pacifist engaged in battle. Sentimental but never preachy, “Hacksaw Ridge” proves to be tough as nails in the face of total adversity and it presents an intense and harrowing depiction of wartime violence, using suffering and injury to map out the horrors experienced by those with an unjustified death sentence.


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