Mel Gibson may be crazy, but he directs a fantastic true story account in this one.
Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), an army medic who saved many lives during the Battle of Okinawa despite refusing to pick up a weapon.
This is easily one of the best war movies since Saving Private Ryan. It is a great story of courage and heroism. It is Andrew Garfield’s best performance of his career and probably Gibson’s best directorial outing. The battle scenes are brutal, but also extremely well done. I was worried the movie was getting a little preachy at one point, but sorts itself out and never becomes annoying. I had never heard this story previously and it’s fascinating. This movie is a good way to expose more people to this man’s heroic actions. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.
I don’t have anything really negative to say about it. There are some clichés and you know exactly where the movie is going. The first act of the movie also takes a bit to find its footing and drags on a bit.
But those are all small complaints in an otherwise great movie. Definitely worth a watch if you can stomach the war scenes. Hacksaw Ridge gets a 4.5/5.