Releases November 2nd 2016
2 hrs 18 mins
Director: Mel Gibson
Writers: Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss
Vince Vaughn as Sergeant Howell
Sam Worthington as Captain Glover
Luke Bracey as Smitty
Hugo Weaving as Tom Doss
Ryan Corr as Lieutenant Manville
Teresa Palmer as Dorothy Schutte
Rachel Griffiths as Bertha Doss
Richard Roxburgh as Colonel Stelzer
Luke Pegler as Milt 'Hollywood' Zane
Richard Pyros as Randall "Teach" Fuller
Ben Mingay as Grease Nolan
Firass Dirani as Vito Rinnelli
Review by Mister Goodfella's Reviews
Mel Gibson returns to the directing chair to bring us the almost nonexistent remarkable true story of Private Desmond Doss, proving once again that he knows what how to handle an "Epic". Authentic costume design, natural performances and realistic and gritty war sequences are just a few of the descriptions that define "Hacksaw Ridge". Not since 1998 has society been subject to the sense of realism of war with Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan”. The comparison comes with the connection or background of the soldiers who go into war willingly or unwillingly, then moves onto their journey and horror's as they enter the field of battle. "Hacksaw Ridge" is a prime example of how a courageous biopic should be made. While the film doesn’t have all the dressings of a "Hollywood War Picture" type of film to make it look pretty, it cares more about paying respects to not only the real life Private Desmond Doss but also the brave men and woman who serve this country every day.
Hacksaw Ridge is an American biographical war film written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, and stars Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, and Rachel Griffiths. The Film follows the life of Private Desmond Doss as he enlists to serve his country in WW2 as a "Field Medic" With the intention of never using a rifle in battle. Now while the immediate idea of entering battle without a weapon is suicide, Garfield proves to us that what Private Doss did on Hacksaw Ridge is nothing short of a miracle. One of my biggest appreciations for the film is that Andrew Garfield convinced me 100 percent that he could play that southern Virginia boy with dreams larger than life. Garfield's speech coach should get just as much recognition due to Garfield's accent in the film being authentic as can be.
This film succeeds where others fail because it's not afraid to let up and coming actors take the wheel. Gibson doesn't stick pretty actors into gritty roles; he fills the shoes of the real life men and woman of the story with people that you could see living this way in everyday life. Now if the authenticity of the film isn't enough, it’s intense and brutal sequences of war surely take the cake. Once the first shot is fired halfway through the film it’s as if Gibson comes to life and expresses the truth of battle. War is not a pretty sight where you make jokes with your friends and dodge hellfire until the end; Gibson shows us that your friends drop like flies and the man you've just stood next to is now fighting for his life on the ground disabled.
All around the film is fantastic however I feel that during the moments when I should have stood and saluted the screen, I just sat and awaited the next shot. This is due to the pacing of the film and the all around feel that you retain 75 percent of the way through "Hacksaw Ridge”. The second half of the film does flow well however it’s the first half that does have its small speed bumps or moments of “I would have made that more dramatic" but overall the pacing of the film scores to moderate. Teresa Palmer and Vince Vaughn compliment Garfield very well in the film proving they are not just filler actors, they make you care for them and in my book that a job well done. Overall from the beautiful realistic expression of war to the natural flowing dialogue and performances make "Hacksaw Ridge" a fantastic, emotional thrill that will certainly make its way to this year’s "Academy Awards".
In my opinion while the performances were natural, none of them were "Oscar Worthy". However, Mel Gibson proves he is back and here to stay and should at least be recognized for his directing here.
Rating: 3.5 Out Of 4