Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

by Niki Kefala

This movie is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. “Hacksaw Ridge”, the first movie my beloved Mel Gibson has directed in a decade, is as much patriotic, as you can get.When it comes to directing war films, Mel Gibson has proven himself as the best of the best over the years. From “Braveheart” to “Apocalypto”, this man has created tons of entertainment for audiences to enjoy. This movie is a story you probably didn’t know, and will be glad you did. The battle scenes in “Hacksaw Ridge” are among the most violent captured on film. In general it is a good movie with solid acting, directing, and cinematography, heartwarming, inspirational, and engaging from start to finish. The story was motivating and I couldn’t believe just how much of it was factual. I hope, but won’t hold my breath that this gets the attention it deserves at the Oscars of 2017.

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