Hacksaw ridge, a movie review

A movie review by: Lee Sonogan

(2016) 2h16min /Drama, history, war


Hacksaw ridge is based on a true story in world war 2. With a budget of forty million, the movie made $164,114,625 in the box office. The story is about an American army medic who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. The movie stars Andrew Garfield as the medic called Desmond Doss.

The film had a 14-year path from idea to production, according to an article in Variety. According to director Mel Gibson, Desmond T. Doss’s son Desmond Jr. attended the screening and was moved tears by Andrew Garfield’s accurate portrayal of his dad. The film received a standing ovation lasting nine minutes and 48 seconds at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016. Mel Gibson timed it himself.

The first film directed by Mel Gibson in a decade, since Apocalypto made in 2006.  The battle scenes took nineteen days to shoot. Then the whole film was shot in 59 days. One aspect that appealed to Mel Gibson in making this movie was that it contained a “real” superhero without spandex.

Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn all make interesting cameos in this film. War is brutal is clearly shown in this film. The story create even more interest with the main character refusing to kill but all intention to help. The war scenes start about in hour in and does not disappoint. Gory and bloody, its scenes are as intense as the other good war movie that I like called Saving private Ryan. The ending leaves the main character respected by everyone else and a victory for the obvious army forces. I recommend this movie to people who enjoy war/action films and if you like the concept of the move.