Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Welcome back Mel Gibson.

This movie is so incredible and moving. Where do I begin? I heard a lot of good things from this movie but I didn’t expect to walk out with my jaw on the floor. Directed by the Mel Gibson (the man behind The Passion of the Christ and Braveheart), Hacksaw Ridge is the story of Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The movie stars Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, and Hugo Weaving.

The story, the music, the acting, and the heroics were all incredibly well put together to make an incredibly moving film. Mel Gibson killed it with this movie. Best Picture is a very real possibility and Best Actor for Andrew Garfield. Garfield nailed it and he pulled off the accent. You can’t help but fall in love with the guy. He was phenomenal and most of the cast was as well. Hugo Weaving as the gritty WWI veteran is so convincing and he carries most of the first few scenes in the beginning. The supporting cast is great as well, Sam Worthington played a great captain and even Vince Vaughn plays a drill Sgt. pretty accurately. I was also surprised by how funny the movie was.

I would say this movie is split into two acts of war. The first act is the war of Desmond versus the U.S. Army, his faith and beliefs are put to the test. The second half is more of the actual war. While I will agree that a major trait of the main character is his religious faith, I wouldn’t call it a Christian movie because they don’t beat it into the ground such as other movies about religion. It doesn’t glorify war either. In fact Gibson calls the movie anti war and instead chooses to honor the men who go over and fight. The combat scenes in this movie are brutal and unforgiving and possibly surpasses what Spielberg did with his D day scene to me.

This movie has something for everybody and you should definitely see it when it gets released this weekend. If war movies aren’t really your thing then go for Desmond Doss because his story is incredibly inspiring and you’re not watching a muscle bound war hero who mows people down. He’s an unarmed medic on the smaller side who runs through the the trenches trying to save as many lives as possible. Given the graphic nature of the battle scenes, I’m a little hesitant to call it a feel good movie but I was greatly inspired by this movie and you’ll root for this guy the entire way. My only nitpick is that in the end, we see actual footage of Desmond getting medal of honor. I wish they would have shown Andrew Garfield instead but it’s a very tiny nitpick in almost a flawless movie.

I think I’m writing too much but you guys definitely need to see this movie when it comes out. If you love war movies, you’ll love this movie because it has some of the best directed war scenes in any movie ever. And if you don’t like war movies, it has one of the most inspiring true stories of a real life hero who charged into hell itself to save lives and never fired a shot. Mel Gibson sir you did an amazing job, you sure make a fantastic movie.

SuperSam Rating: 10/10.

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