Hacksaw Ridge

By Angie Raphael

Mel Gibson has been sidelined in Hollywood for a long time over his much-publicised personal issues, but it seems people are finally ready to welcome him back as the great director he is. Hacksaw Ridge tells the amazing true story of American soldier Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who wants to be a medic during World War Two, but due to his strong religious beliefs, does not want to carry a weapon or kill anyone. The film is very graphic and violent but it depicts the intensity of war appropriately. There is also a sweet romance and some funny moments to lighten things up. The film is garnering Oscar buzz already and Garfield will probably be nominated. Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey and Hugo Weaving are also impressive, as are the remaining mostly Australian cast telling this heroic American story. That all being said, the film is not perfect. Some of the effects are sub-par and some of the “romantic” dialogue by writers Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan is cringeworthy. Hacksaw Ridge is more than two hours long but the film is gripping and ends with brief interviews with some of the real-life people involved, which leaves an even greater impact on the audience.