Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge

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Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge


Fri, 27/01/2017 - 16:46


Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge
Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge
26 January, 2017

Hacksaw Ridge

Directed by Mel Gibson

Certificate 15

HACKSAW Ridge is a blood-and-guts war film based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist who persuaded the US Army to allow him to enlist in a combat unit during the Second World War on the proviso he didn’t have to bear arms.

As a conscientious objector, he became a battlefield medic and this film reveals the extraordinary bravery he showed during a battle to take Okinawa island in the Pacific. 

We learn of Doss’s back story, and why he chose to go to war to save lives, rather than take them.

His father (Hugo Weaving) was shell-shocked and in mourning after fighting in the Great War and turns to the bottle to help him get through the days. He is violent towards his wife and sons, and it is from this nasty situation that a caring, God-fearing young man is nurtured. 

We are introduced to Doss (Andrew Garfield) in his mid-West home town and follow him as he falls in love with beautiful nurse Dorothy (Teresa Palmer). As war breaks out and he watches his peers sign up, he is compelled to enlist. 

We follow him through his training, the arguments made about being true to your beliefs, and then are taken into the heart of a horrendous bloody battle that is relentless in its gore. 


Gibson does not hold back in his attempts to show us how grisly war is. Scene after scene is as a bloody as you could bear, and wears you down. But perhaps it needs to be to show the filmgoer exactly what Doss was confronting. Sadly it is undermined by some glossy and cheesy storytelling, which tries to make you immune to the simple message that essentially fratricide conducted when a species that collectively loses its mind.

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