Hacksaw Ridge


hacksaw-384x222This is a feel-good movie, and I felt good after seeing it. The true-life story of a conscientious objector – and how he came to this principled stance, yet also served as a medic in the great battle of Okinawa in World War II – is predictable, but satisfying. The bucolic first part of the movie is followed by Mel Gibson’s bloody (but not gratuitous) portrayal of the gore of hand-to-hand warfare. These scenes alone are enough to make one a pacifist. No big stars, but Andrew Garfield is believable as Private Desmond Doss, Hugo Weaving makes a violent but anti-war father, Vince Vaughan is the tough Sergeant who comes around to respect a man who is awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery. I stand and salute, although the combat scenes do go on.

Ken Roman



One Response to “Hacksaw Ridge”

  1. The image of the giant cliff and rope ladder with bodies going up and the bodies coming down is something I will never forget.it is a great anti war movie.i learned that Okinawa was where the enola gay took off from to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima

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