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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
« on: April 09, 2017, 10:04:23 am »
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) 



Ever since the trailer dropped for Hacksaw Ridge, I have been waiting to get my hands on the DVD. I had never heard of this specific story before, where a  conscientious objector refuses to go into war with any kind of weapon, instead choosing to save lives rather than take them. On the surface it sounds like a made up story geared strictly for Hollywood.  As you know, I'm a huge War Film buff. As much as I hate the idea of war itself, I find myself transfix in this genre more than most other genres for some reason. Maybe it's the underdog, fighting for country, fighting for your fellow man that appeals to me. I know it's not the violence that's for damn sure. And Hacksaw Ridge is one violent film. It's probably one of the most gruesome War Flicks out there. There is so much carnage (to drive home how horrific War is and what the insurmountable odds that Desmond Doss was up against). The carnage was unrelenting to the point of becoming desensitized to it as the movie plays out.

The movie begins and ends with Andrew Garfield as Doss. He steals the movie. You can't help but root for the guy and cheer him on in the face of adversity, on and off the battlefield. It's one thing to face a known enemy (Japan), it's other to be treated so poorly by his fellow soldiers who objected to his ideology. Equally impressive was the direction of Mel Gibson. He's back and in a big way. All the accolades bestowed on Garfield and Gibson is justified. A straight forward retelling of Doss' story from humble beginnings to his time in War. I highly recommend this to anyone that is a fan of the genre or just wants to experience humanity if the most vile of conditions. Also stars Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.
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