WWII American 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 win the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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Gibson bathes this spectacular battle in viscera, concentrating on literal blood and soil, with a lot of literal guts strewn everywhere. Rats chew dead bodies in tunnels, a human eye looks out from the mud, half of another corpse shields a soldier from enemy fire as he charges. The actors are plastic army men come to life, here to mouth the clichés of 1940s World War II movies—this is Gibson’s La La Land.
Gibson must have done some soul-searching, for there’s ideologically little fundamentally wrong with Hacksaw Ridge. And aside the many shots of battle carnage and mayhem that have an infernal splendor, the film delivers in its two most eye-popping moments something akin to Gibson’s vision of Christianity.
This is a riveting film, dynamic composition by dynamic composition, especially in its fast and unexpected but smooth editing by John Gilbert. The homoerotic training scenes could not have been intended as such (could they?) but there is grandeur here in everything Mel Gibson touches, from courtship scenes to the final gory battles, which play like musical numbers choreographed by Satan.
[Bros before rows of foes] (w/Rafael Fonseca)Gibson's cradled by Malick & Eastwood in a war flick for the ages. Roman rope ladders towards black-holes of despair.Convictions, emotions, heroism + the power of 'No sir, I will not obey. I will not bear arms'. In an age of unforgiving demeanors & total lack of tolerance for other's beliefs, creeds and faiths this is almost a pro-Islam film. Respect me> I'll respect thee.
An ideologically flawed but well-crafted & acted war film that promotes a pacifist message. Say what you will about Mel Gibson, he's a skilled director. Although Gibson clearly gets off on the battle scenes, his film is less fascist than many other war films (I'm looking at you Saving Private Ryan). Have you heard of any war story like this one? I haven't & if this shit happened today, it wouldn't happen. I liked it.
A brutally uplifting film. Gorgeously shot, with each performance affecting, even if a bit cliched (not necessarily the worst thing in this case). The fighting sequences contain a sustained, uninterrupted intensity that may be unmatched in war films.
That's what you get when you mix Forrest Gump with Apocalypto, I guess. I hate to give a compliment to such a bigot but ain't nobody better than him at directing these bloody sequences. But other than that, even if it is a true story and all, it was corny as shit. I liked it alright I guess.
Faith, artillery, rats, body parts and Andrew Garfield's perfect hair abound in Mel Gibson's war rendition about the life of real-life American war hero Desmond Doss. While a quick online search will tell you that some segments of his life before Hacksaw have been embellished for the film, this is still a nice homage and Andrew Garfield has proven to be a great leading man in a 'heavier' role. Gibson's back, folks!
More than religion, more than war or love or brotherhood or patriotism, one thing is true in HACKSAW RIDGE: Mel Gibson is a damn good director. His work is vital. The images and rhythmic editing serve more than just story; they have a very specific imprint. Grotesque violence and Christian themes are front and center. But so are moments of sheer beauty and transcendence. Love him or hate him, Crazy Mel knows cinema.
A visceral and often upsetting experience that shows the power of Gibson's direction and establishes Andrew Garfield as a serious adult actor. Scripting, though awash in genre clichés, still manages to tell a spellbinding unique tale based on a true story. Cinematography, editing and design are exceptional especially the perfectly timed battle sequences. Of note is the supporting turn by Luke Bracey as Smitty.
As an artist, Mel Gibson has always made violence one of his central tools. "Hacksaw Ridge" sees Gibson painting with his boldest and most impressionistic colors yet, setting old-fashioned Hollywood melodrama against surreal battle sequences. On his pilgrim's progress, Andrew Garfield descends into underworlds both literal and figurative. In fact, a more apt title for this film might have simply been "Hell."