Movie Review-Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge is another movie based on a true story. It's about a man who's drafted in the army but refuses to pick up a gun. Understand, he doesn't try to get out of his duty to his country, he just refuses to kill anyone. So, the army labels him as a "conscientious objector" and tries to kick him out of the army. However Private Desmond Doss instead calls himself a "conscientious participant" in the war and he wants to serve as a medic and help people; rather than kill the enemy.

The hardship that is caused by his desicion is agonizing to watch. He's called a coward by his superiors and beaten by his fellow soldiers. He's put in jail and is tried by the army with the goal of kicking him out of the military. Through all of the hardship the young service man prevails and is given the right to go into battle with his fellow troops as a medic and without carrying a weapon.

Hacksaw Ridge is an inspiring story of faith and commitment (the young soldier is a 7th Day Adventist) and the war scenes are incredible. Director Mel Gibson does a stellar job of showing the real and graphic scenes of war.

Doss' batallion is charged with taking control of a ridge that is over flowing with Japanese soldiers who are dug in like a tick and constantly being reinforced by reserves who travel through underground caves. The Americans take heavy losses but they fight into the dawn trying to secure a foot hold in Okinawa, which will serve as a base for American forces in Japan.

This is where Desmond Doss shines in an act of heroism that gained him the Congressional Medal of Honor. (He became the first American labeled as a "conscientious objector" to ever win the award.) After a day of fighting, when the American troops retreated, Doss stayed behind and saved over seventy five wounded soldiers who otherwise would have been left behind.

Knowing that this is a true story makes it that much more amazing. There are clips after the movie that show interview footage of Doss and some of the soldiers he saved. He remained humble about his act of heroism until his death.

Hacksaw Ridge is rated R for graphic scenes of war and violence. It's does run a bit long at two hours and fourteen minutes. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate the movie a LARGE. Hollywood Hernandez

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