Lucky for me, I had the honour to check out Hacksaw Ridge during an advanced screening before its release. Ever since I heard Mel Gibson had returned to sit in the director’s seat, I have been more than passionate about seeing this film the first chance I could.
This film is based on the true story of Desmond and his fellow men who fought on Hacksaw Ridge. Set during WWII, an American Medic, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), chooses to serve during the Battle of Okinawa. Desmond refuses to kill people (or even carry a weapon). The film focuses on Demond’s beliefs as a Christian and tries to honour the Lord’s commandment, “Thou Shall Not Kill”. In American history, Demond was awarded the Medal of Honour.
Without spoiling everything, I want to voice the fact that I found this movie to be incredible. Mel Gibson has delivered a film that some would claim is his best work since Braveheart (1995). Regarding our lead actor, this is the best film I have ever seen the actor Andrew Garfield do in his whole career (I’m telling you right now, forget The Amazing Spider-Man). The film also has an outstanding Aussie cast, including Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxbury, Rachel Griffiths & Sam Worthington. Worthington was, for me, the weakest cast member in the film. The funny man, Vince Vaughan, also carried a solid performance in the movie that reminds the cinema crowd that he still knows the pull of a dramatic performance when the time arises.
There are two things I’m thankful for in this film. Firstly, War movies based on a true story should never be silly action films. This film stays true to the war theme and honours the men who gave their lives. Secondly, the film has many graphic scenes, which I would compare to Saving Private Ryan.
The story in the film has excellent pacing- it’s fast and never dull. The film also doesn’t drag with corny talk like we have witnessed in war films such as Pearl Harbour. The chemistry between our two male and female characters is also compelling and provides a solid performance.
Hacksaw Ridge is a film that I highly recommend to any person. The film encourages its audience to stand firm when it comes to beliefs in and hearing the story of one man who changed many lives without using a gun is compelling.