As with Braveheart, the battlescenes in Hacksaw Ridge didn't hold back. A masterpiece that will not beforgotten so quickly or never will, we both highly recommend it. He is far from a revelation but he is on the righttrack in delivering a very fine performance. Now the story had me in their pocket because by the 3rd act I was withour protagonist and his platoon when they got to the battlefieldgraveyard of Hacksaw Ridge. Hacksaw Ridge is not a film for the feint-hearted. On both scores, this filmdeserves high praise. Using the Hollywood model, there would have been lots of sets but using actual buildings allowed a lot of warmth to come through in the natural light.
Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. Hacksaw Ridge is the latest film from the infamous Mel Gibson and it isas electrifying as one would come to expect. Synopsis The true story of Desmond T. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. It tells us, in no uncertain terms, that at the very center of it all, there is love. It was also in this phase of thefilm that the dialogue and characters began to shine. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge.
The film plays in two halves: the early life and romance of Army MedicDesmond Doss Andrew Garfield and the actual Battle of Hacksaw Ridge. Good war-films can be very disturbing to watch. As brutal as the second half is, I am sure it could not convey how truly gallant Doss was or brutal it was in reality. Together with a strong supportcast that includes several big-name stars, this is a powerful ensemblethat carries the story convincingly. If it is anything like this I will not bother. Neither war itself nor violence are glorified in the film, yet they also not derided. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge.
The fact that this man did notfire a single round and saved as many men as he did is astounding andthe film really does an amazing job at showing the harsh realities ofwar but also showing the good that can be brought out in a man throughhis faith. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. I don't know anything about Mr Gibson's political views, but if this is it - I'm not buying. Vince Vaughn's excellent turn as Doss' training sergeant provides both humour and pathos to bring laughs and pause- for-thought at well scripted points of the tale, allowing the audience to gather their breath. All so predictable and boring that I felt I could spend the last hour on more interesting things.
This was a wonderful depiction of immense courage in the face of adversity--one of the most intensely moving films we've ever seen. Quite frankly, there is nowhere enough space here to tell you how bad this movie really is. The relentlessness of the sequences is admirable from Gibson and they're wonderfully shot by Simon Duggan. I was an emotional wreck as the credits started to roll. Great graphics and high budget, of course.
Is this a political movie? One or maybe a few helmeted heads shredded orbodies bayonetted can convey much, but twenty deadens the senses. One of the great feats of storytelling from Mel Gibson director and Andrew Garfield leading role, Desmond Doss is to lead the audience along Doss' journey with a feeling of having experienced the journey as Doss, and experiencing the wide range of emotions endured by this heroic character along his journey. We all understood that soldiersfight for one another before they fight for a cause and that hatred ofwar is universal; even among soldiers. I mean, we love Gibson and he managed to do some great cliché heroic movies, so I was expecting more from this one. I saw Hacksaw Ridge last night here's my opinion. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge. This leadsto a trial in which he is allowed by his superior officers to go intoOkinawa with no fire arm to protect him.
When in training camp, Doss refuses totouch a gun and is actually court marshaled for his refusal. Do not skip seeing this in theaters! The film itself, is one of Gibson's less preachy works whichmakes it more accessible. War films can be a bit hard to sit through, with its graphic depictionsof key battles in history, strong themes of power, brotherhood and theeffect it has among the world but with Mel Gibson's latest war drama'Hacksaw Ridge' it manages to be something more that we can grasp it. By the 2nd act, I was put on high alert in the military training withour protagonist, Desmond Doss Andrew Garfield who I at first felt waswrongly cast, but he really came through in the end. I was finding the first 45 minutes or so okay, but once we got to basic training and action, it went down very quickly I saw the movie with a number of friends this evening.
When you look at him you see an actor, acting. Overall, I felt Hacksaw Ridge was an extremely brutal and visceral warfilm that brings up questions of warfare, humanity and religion whiledisplaying Gibson's excellent eye for technical accuracy and assaultingimagery. The film starts in the most somber of timesin American history, the second world war. The filmmaking is traditional butthe story is unique and is definitely the driving force to run out andsee this film. Now,few thoughts of my own. Hacksaw Ridge is in no way a popcorn-lazy-Sunday-afternoon film; it is a journey.