Using the Hollywood model, there would have been lots of setsbut using actual buildings allowed a lot of warmth to come through inthe natural light. Hesheds any sort of preconceived notion and really embodies the roll ofDoss quite well. Notwithstanding being beaten one night by his kindred fighters, he declines to reveal the personalities of his aggressors. If, however, you understand even basic military concepts and aren't interested in proselytizing as entertainment, then you may want to steer clear or at least have something interesting to do while the movie is playing in the background. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge.
Violence, Gibson style, which means Peckinpah plus, because here there is such a personal intention that makes every frame, utterly compelling. In the underlying battle, misfortunes are overwhelming on both sides, and boy is effective in sparing a few officers, including ones whose wounds show up excessively serious for them, making it impossible to survive. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. Pre-credit content uncovers that boy wound up protecting more than 75 warriors at Hacksaw Ridge, and was granted the Medal of Honor by President Harry S Truman, the first run through in history it was given to an outspoken opponent. Peter Sellers as Inspector Cleuseau would have been more realistic. Overall the technical aspect of the film was brilliant, but then againI didn't really notice it because I was too distracted by the story andthe characters, and when that occurs, I know the film has succeeded. Man is injured by the impact of one projectile, however the fight is won.
If it were not a true story that celebratesan unusual hero the film could have been accused of a gratuitousdisplay of unrelenting carnage and military triumphalism. We all understood that soldiersfight for one another before they fight for a cause and that hatred ofwar is universal; even among soldiers. He makes totally believable a character that could be fictional. His performance as Doss is one of the best of the year and I would love to see him get some form of recognition come awards season. Doss is set under the order of Sergeant Howell, keeping in mind he exceeds expectations physically, he promptly turns into a pariah among his kindred warriors when he declines to handle his rifle and prepare on Saturdays, as he is a Seventh-day Adventist.
Sam Worthington and Luke Bracey were two that come to mind but the real surprise was Vince Vaughn, who I never thought I'd see play a part in a war film, particularly that of an Army Sergeant. Vince Vaughn was the Basic Training sergeant, again, best described as cartoon-ish. In spite of the following day being Doss' Sabbath day, he joins his kindred warriors to look after the injured. Smitty apologizes for questioning his strength and the two present appropriate reparations. On account of his convictions as an outspoken opponent, he plans to serve as a battle doctor. While theassault was forced to retreat under overwhelming enemy fire, Dossremained behind and single-handedly evacuated 75 casualties, loweringthem by rope from an escarpment over 100 metres high. The fact that this man did notfire a single round and saved as many men as he did is astounding andthe film really does an amazing job at showing the harsh realities ofwar but also showing the good that can be brought out in a man throughhis faith.
The lasting psychological impact for those who survive conflict is well told by Hugo Weaving's portrayal of Doss' father, whose lines could serve as a mouthpiece for many veterans. And the Japs are evil. In the mean time, Doss effectively spares a few officers, incorporating those with serious wounds. Using more natural light it is quite beautiful. Before downloading ensure you have uTorrent client on your gadget and enough free space. Smitty apologizes for questioning his boldness and the two present appropriate reparations. Doss plummets the precipice, gripping the Bible Dorothy gave him.
The religious aspect of the film was relevant to the story, so as anon-believer I thought it was an integral part of the protagonist andhad to be told, so it didn't bother me as much. As someone from Sydney, Australia I was proud at the way this wasfilmed. Personally, I found myself holding my breath during some ofthe action sequences. The screenplay is tightand taught. If so, what is the message? This could have been so Forest Gump-like but strikes a nice chord. I used to respect Mel Gibson's work. Great to have Mel Gibson back in the directors seat.
The two start a relationship and Doss tells Dorothy of his enthusiasm for therapeutic work. Overall, I felt Hacksaw Ridge was an extremely brutal and visceral warfilm that brings up questions of warfare, humanity and religion whiledisplaying Gibson's excellent eye for technical accuracy and assaultingimagery. The scenes wereunflinching, haunting and in your face. Few films this year have hit me emotionally as Hacksaw Ridge did and that's why I have to say it's a most welcome return to filmmaking from Mel Gibson. I was finding the first 45 minutes or so okay, but once we got to basic training and action, it went down very quickly I saw the movie with a number of friends this evening. Coming to the performances, Hacksaw Ridge features an amazing lead performance from Andrew Garfield, who wanted to move away from his days as Spider-Man with a chance to play such an inspiring real life hero. Some may complain that the women are poorly portrayed as are theJapanese, who are largely like ants coming from their mound or canonfodder.
Garfield must have given much study andpreparation for the role, as his character's journey from a wise simpleman to a hero of his army is given so much heart, emotion and braveryto make the journey of Doss so believable. Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. This is an extremely violent film but it is extremelyviolent in the sense that there is enough going on around us to nevermake us truly settle in the violence which would take away a lot of theimpact that Gibson is trying to portray. This movie could have been another Forest Gump, it could overly sentimental, instead, carries an appropriate amount of sincerity. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty.
Some may complain that the women are poorly portrayed as are the Japanese, who are largely like ants coming from their mound or canon fodder. His religious views seep through his very being,especially through his films and this film is no exception. Theuntold story of Doss is one that is of the finer war hero stories thatanyone could tell. Braveheart was good, but I never saw The passion of Christ. This is a sweet movie.