Mel Gibson....Love him or hate him, I think we can all agree he's just an amazing filmmaker.
There are so many classical film making techniques utilized in this movie, that aren't really used anymore.
This movie is essentially two movies. The first half is when we get to know Andrew Garfield's Desmond. Why he feels so strongly about his religion viewpoint, his perspective on war, and the backstory as to why he feels the way he feels.
Andrew Garfield has always been one of my favorite actors. He was great in Silence, and even in not-so-great movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, his performance was always the bright spot.
All of the performances were excellent. Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, even Luke Bracey who I thought was awful in Point Break had character moments that made me like them.
It's so rare that a movie that has so many great characters existing!
The second half is when the war breaks out. It is brutal. Gibson has a way of directing the war scenes without having to come off like an action spectacle.
Seeing the soldiers get blown up and shot down are sad. That is portrayed very well here. Which makes it all the more need for hope when Desmond steps up to save the soldiers.
We see so many war films these days that either glorifies the violence or becomes a very cliche-ridden movie with similar beats.
The reason Hacksaw Ridge rises above all the war films, are the fantastic visuals and direction, and the well acted / written characters.
Out of all the Oscar nominees, this just might be my favorite. Check it out definitely if you can!!
"Hacksaw Ridge" is directed by Mel Gibson and stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, and Teresa Palmar. This is a biographical War drama film based on a true story about Desmond Doss, who was an American pacifist and serving as a medic during World War II. Because of his strong belief in Christianity and his trauma in his childhood, he refuses to carry a rifle into a hacksaw ridge but just take care of wounded soldiers there. Although temporarily gets charges of disobeying commandments from his officer, he keeps on holding his ground...Here is the point whether he can survive with no weapons but only medical things in a hacksaw ridge even if they let him go... Finally saw this film on the Internet first and went to the theatre to see it on the big screen to make myself feel as if I were in the same situation. Mel Gibson finally came back to direct films from a long lapse. As you may know, he won a couple Oscar for Braveheart including Best Picture. Although I didn't really expect that Hacksaw Ridge would hit the big time as Braveheart did, it was a really well-written and made war film, only focusing on a medic used to be called the most cowardly soldier ever existed. Seeing him fighting with no weapons and helping wounded soldiers no matter which side the soldiers were, I was somehow shedding my tears from my both eyes. He gave me lots of courage and we must regard him as the bravest and warm-hearted solider or medic ever existed. It took lots of time to get a permission from Desmond (the real medic) to make this film according to the director Mel Gibson.
Hacksaw Ridge's portrayal of war is undoubtedly one of the most terrifying and surely the most brutally realistic one in recent memories. Nonetheless, its utmost praise lies in the film's ability to traverse unto an emotional depth that is rarely depicted in war film of the past. Gibson wondrously established war as an antagonistic force against one's faith and believe; And using that premise to inspire audience. It is of course wonderfully realized by Garfield's career-defining-oscar-worthy performance. He may not be your friendly neighborhood Spider-man, but Hacksaw Ridge allows him to exhibit similar level of heroism.