Review : Hacksaw Ridge

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“WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.”

As much as the advertising for this movie would try to not tell you, it is directed by Mel Gibson, so if thats a real issue for you then don’t see it…if not, the rest is for you. Hacksaw Ridge is two movies kind of stuck together, two good ones mind you. The first one is a good old fashion period piece love story, and its done really well and has a wonderful heartfelt feeling to it. The second part is a kind of pastiche to war movies, and a tribute to cinematic violence. If you’ve seen any Mel Gibson movie you know he has a particular way of showing violence, and its a very uncompromising view. To be fair, it usually doesn’t ever cross over into the realm of gore porn, but it still might be much for a lot of people. The truth of Hacksaw Ridge is that it is a really good movie, and is done in an extremely good way, and the really only problems this movie is going to have are all because of its director. And that really sucks for the other people in this movie. This movie would have definitely made it onto my top ten list for 2016 if it had gotten its release where I am last year. All in all Hacksaw Ridge is a really well done and at time exciting film, that deserves to be seen and there are definitely some award worthy performances in here.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

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