REVIEW: No objections to the quality of Hacksaw Ridge

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Desmond Doss was a real person, and won the the Congressional Medal of Honor. Fair Use Photo:

Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of America’s first conscientious objector: Desmond T. Doss. Doss is a pacifist, a deeply religious man who wants to help the defend his country in any way he can. He joins the army intending to train as a medic. He is attacked, both physically and socially, by his fellow soldiers for his refusal to participate in the violence. His passiveness is mistaken for cowardliness. But throughout the war, and the film, Doss fights for his right to be a medic without picking up a gun.

Andrew Garfield stars as Desmond Doss. He does an amazing job, adopting a thick southern accent and a sullen but determined nature. The movie is gory in many parts and is not for those with weak stomachs. It is extremely refreshing to see a war movie that isn’t about someone who can kill 5 men with one bullet or something ridiculous like that.

Hacksaw Ridge is motivating, endearing and charming — all while staying interesting.



4 out of 5 stars

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