Directed by Mel Gibson and featuring a stellar cast, Hacksaw Ridge tells the amazing true story of Conscientious Objector and World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss.
Doss served during the Battle of Okinawa and became known for his steadfast refusal to carry a weapon or kill due to his Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.
Hacksaw Ridge depicts the experiences that led Doss to join the Army, along with the hurdles he faced in training, romance and war.
Regardless of what you think about Mel Gibson’s personal life, it is hard to argue with his talents as a director, particularly with war-action movies. Hacksaw Ridge lives up to the standards he set in directing such films as Braveheart and Apocalypto. This point is true both in the film’s substance, and in the bloody/gory detail with which the story is presented. The early plot development yields to intense war scenes during the latter half of the movie as American troops fight for victory.
The supporting cast in Hacksaw Ridge adds a lot of entertainment value to the story. Vince Vaughn, best known for his comedy flicks, is another unlikely star in a war movie. However, he adds some effective humor to lighten the mood a bit, and also performs admirably on the field of battle. Teresa Palmer as Dorothy “Schutte” Doss, and Garfield, have solid chemistry in the pre-battle phase of the story as their romance blooms. Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths execute well as Doss’ parents.
Hacksaw Ridge is a high-quality action-war film. It isn’t as epic as movies like Saving Private Ryan or Braveheart, but it was deserving of its 2017 Best Picture Oscar nomination.
If you love a high-quality, genuine war-action movie with plenty of blood and gore, you’ll appreciate Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson loves to go all out, and if you’ve seen Passion of the Christ or Apocolypto, you know he doesn’t leave much to the imagination in violent or battle-action sequences. People who enjoy learning about history and true stories will also like learning about American hero Doss, and the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. Don’t watch if you can’t handle an ample amount of blood and guts.
As with other true stories presented in film, it is likely you’ll want answers to the real story of Desmond Doss after watching Hacksaw Ridge. The filmmakers recognized this, and included interviews with the real-life Doss prior to his death in 2006, along with other key people in the story. It is also noted at the conclusion that Doss saved 75 men during his heroic efforts that played out for a good portion of the heavy action in the movie.
Learn more about the real-life person behind Hacksaw Ridge in the Desmond Doss biography!
Director: Mel Gibson
Actors: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2017
Run Time: 139 minutes