What emphasises the surreal horror to the battlefield of 'Hacksaw Ridge' is when it's juxtaposed to the civilian life that is presented to us previously. The romance between Desmond and Dorothy is at times creepy and the film delivers a fair amount of almost satirical cheese throughout. However, what Gibson brings to us is a variety of fully realised performances in what ultimately is an inspiring film about faith.
I wasn't so impressed about this like almost everyone. Found the first half kinda uninteresting, full of cliche and the only good thing was Hugo Weaving. The sec act was more raw violence than emotion, it just the drama didn't get me. I liked how Gibson approached the action sequences; very dynamic and full of intensity. For me this is an almost 8. Honestly i expected more from a war movie. 7.5/10
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.
Tricky one this. I loved what I loved - and hated what I hated. The whole first hour is cliched dogshit. The dialogue is southern trite. The soaring heroics and the duty through blood stuff is all old fashioned and scarily patriotic (thats a negative btw). But the direction and storytelling are incredible. The Ridge itself is thrilling & horrific. Also, I loved learning about Desmond Doss. War is Hell, duh.
Loved to see Mel Gibson in the role of director. Amazingly shot, so beautifully accurate to the time being portraited. A perfect story of friendship and hospitality. A heart warming plot in times of danger and destruction. Great interpretation from Garfield. One of the best war movies i've ever watched.