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Hacksaw Ridge is based on the true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss, who saved 75 men in Okinawa, the bloodiest battle of WWII. As an army medic Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded near enemy lines – braving enemy fire and putting his own life on the line, without firing a single shot.
Well, this should be one of the easier reviews I’ll do this year. Hacksaw Ridge is amazing and you should go and see it. Okay byeeee. Oh, you want slightly more? OKAY FINE!
Hacksaw Ridge is the best war film since Saving Private Ryan. I think, in a lot of ways it might be better. Namely the fact that while Saving Private Ryan is based on a policy during World War 2, it didn’t happen. Hacksaw Ridge, did. Bonus points!
Of course the fact that it is based on true events doesn’t immediately equate to being a better film. It’s also wonderfully shot. The cinematography, music and sound is all excellent. It did win an Oscar (for sound) after all so you’d kind of expect it to be. The battle scenes are brutal, bloody and honest. The combat is intense, bloodthirsty and realistic. There is no fake glory here. No matter what you think of Mel Gibson as a person, you can’t deny that he’s actually a really talented director. It’s just got to be said.
Andrew Garfield is charming, loveable and equally frustrating to watch at times. Must you really be so stubborn!? Vince Vaughn is great in one of his more serious roles and this is by far the best film I’ve seen Sam Worthington in as well. All in all, the entire cast is really good. They all have good chemistry together and really make the little moments of character development count.
The only real negative to Hacksaw Ridge is the opening 20-30 minutes before Doss gets to training. It’s diabetes inducingly sugary sweet and rather cringe worthy as we watch the bumbling Garfield awkwardly flirt with Teresa Palmer. Admittedly the longer these scenes go the better they become and overall they do add important detail to the narrative. MY early concerns that this style would dominate the movie were proved to be unfounded.
So like I said at the start of this ramble, Hacksaw Ridge is incredible. The best film I’ve seen so far this year. Do yourselves a favour and check it out.