Hacksaw Ridge (REVIEW)

Written By Jacob Chimilar

Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of Desmond Doss a man who felt it was his duty to enlist and serve during World War II. He had aspirations of becoming a doctor and got his wish when he became a army medic. It states that medics do not need guns and he refuses to touch one due to his relgious beliefs. This becomes a point of conflict for the rest of the men in his company, religious or not. They abuse him and push every button to get him to leave. He perseveres and sticks to his lack of guns and joins the fight as a medic in the army.

This film blew me away, more specifically Desmond Doss and Andrew Garfield's portrayal of him. He brings this unwavering spirit that you can't help but root for. In a time where superheroes rule the theatres it's stories like these that show that there are real heroes among us. Those who touch the lives of hundreds and make the most of their time on earth.

The supporting cast quite strong. Vince Vaughn, like David Schwimmer in Band of Brothers proves he has the dramatic chops while also being able to sell the few funny moments he gets. Hugo Weaving really brings it in this as well. If you only know him from more genre films you will be surprised at how grounded and raw his performance is, the hurt and anguish he feels as a World War 1 veteran is almost heartbreaking to watch.

This is an extremely well made movie. Its a beautiful, haunting experience with a swelling score and powerful performances that had me tear up in joy a little by the end of it. You don't have to like war films to appreciate this movie although it does get pretty brutal at points, but I feel more in a way that was realistic rather than glamorized. Those that are pro war would also find it hard to not see Desmond's side and root for his survival. People worry that their guns are being taken away today, Desmond showed that you can do just as much as anyone else if not more so without one in a war zone.   

Mel Gibson got chewed up and spit out for comments he made and even I still don't really like him for it but the man can make a damn good movie and this is one that should not be missed. It's a human doing a super human thing for the good of his people and that's a message anyone can get behind. Raw, emotional, full of heart and the triumph of your convictions over what others perceive as a necessary evil is something to be applauded.