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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Hacksaw Ridge uses a real-life pacifist's legacy to lay the groundwork for a gripping wartime tribute to faith, valor, and the courage of remaining true to one's convictions.

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HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Cast

Andrew Garfield
as Desmond T. Doss
Teresa Palmer
as Dorothy Schutte
Hugo Weaving
as Tom Doss
Sam Worthington
as Capt. Glover
Vince Vaughn
as Sgt. Howell
Rachel Griffiths
as Bertha Doss
Nathaniel Buzolic
as Harold Doss
Richard Roxburgh
as Col. Stelzer
Matt Nable
as Lt. Cooney
Firass Dirani
as Vito Rinnelli
Jacob Warner (III)
as James Pinnick
Milo Gibson
as Lucky Ford
Darcy Bryce
as Young Desmond
Roman Guerriero
as Young Hal Doss
Michael Sheasby
as Tex Lewis
Jarin Towney
as Teenage Boy
Luke Pegler
as Hollywood Zane
Tim McGarry
as Local Man
Ben Mingay
as Grease Nolan
Nico Cortez
as Wal Kirzinski
Richard Pratt
as Flirting Hospital Soldier
Laura Buckton
as Cinema Kissing Sweetheart
Harry Greenwood
as Henry Brown
Damien Thomlinson
as Ralph Morgan
Simon Edds
as MP Gibbs
Bill Young
as General Musgrove
Thatcher McMaster
as Company B Soldier
Charles Jacobs
as Private Webb
Dennis Kreusler
as Sergeant Amos
Andrew Sears
as Private Maguire
Jim Robinson
as Private Bates
Nathan Baird
as Private Green
Sam E. Wright
as Private Dixon
Mikael Koski
as Private Giles
Troy Pickering
as Private Tyler
James Moffett
as Private Lewis
Josh Dean Williams
as Private Perry
Andrew Hansch
as Bugle Player
John Cannon
as Corporal Cannon
Georgia Adamson
as Receptionist
Craig Reeves
as Climbing Soldier
Adrian Twigg
as Soldier - Death Throes
Sean Lynch
as Popeye
Luke McMahon
as Stretcher Bearer
Bill Thompson
as Wounded Soldier
Kazuaki Ono
as Firing Japanese Soldier #2
Eric Taugherbeck
as Wounded Private O'Conner
Hayden Geens
as Wounded Private Blake
Edward Ned Law
as Rescued Private Horvath
Kazuki Yuyama
as Corpse With Rats #2
Daisuka Takeda
as Corpse With Rats #3
Raphael Dubois
as Corpse With Rats #4
Tim Potter
as Soldier Hank
Santo Tripodi
as Soldier Carl
Lawrence Brewer
as Head Doctor
John Batziolas
as Rescued Private Schulenberg
Nobuaki Shimamoto
as Japanese Officer
Hiroshi Kasuga (II)
as Japanese Hanging Soldier
Ryuzaburo Naruse
as Injured Japanese In Tunnel
Adam Bowes
as Rescued Wounded Leg Soldier
Michael Hennessy
as Rescued Private Moran
Benjamin McCann
as Rescued Private Saareste
Yukihiro Nagashima
as Rescued Japanese Soldier
Takehiro Abe
as Japanese Sniper
Daniel Thone
as Stretcher Bearer
Nathan Halls
as Private Tillson
Nicholas Cowey
as Private Gregan
Charles Upton
as Scared Military Officer
Toshiyuki Teramoto
as Surrendering Soldier
Honsen Haga
as Japanese General's Assistant
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Gibson has made a movie that's nearly pathological in its love of violence-but he nonetheless counterbalances its amoral pleasures with an understanding of the psychological devastation that war wreaks.

November 7, 2016 | Full Review…

War is hell, but Hacksaw Ridge sacrifices that truth in favour of something far more insincere.

November 4, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The battle scenes in "Hacksaw Ridge" are among the most violent captured on film - and also the most urgent.

November 4, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Hacksaw Ridge is being touted as Gibson's comeback. Is it also an atonement? What's clear is that Gibson has made a film about family, faith, love and forgiveness all put to the test in an arena of violent conflict - a movie you don't want to miss.

November 3, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

If the film's director were anyone but Gibson, a fixture on or even atop Hollywood's enemies list, it would be expecting several Oscar nominations.

November 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[Doss'] is a story you probably didn't know, and will be glad you did. Gibson does well by it.

November 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hacksaw Ridge

½

Far too Mel Gibson for me. You're either going to like his style of directing or you aren't. I'm the latter.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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½

Mel Gibson indulges in his biggest obsessions as a filmmaker and creates a magnificent film that couldn't have been made by anyone else. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

It's hard to believe that Apocalypto in 2006 was the last time Mel Gibson was behind the camera. I suppose 10 years in movie-making exile is where antisemitic rants gets you in Hollywood. That aside, it's a pleasure to see Gibson directing again as he often delivers big, entertaining spectacles and his latest certainly falls into line with that. Plot: The true story of private Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) who joins the army during WWII but refuses to bear arms due to being a conscientious objector. At the battle of Okinawa, Doss serves as a medic, saving numerous lives and becomes the first man in history to win a Medal of Honor without ever firing a gun. If you consider the material of Hacksaw Ridge, you might notice that's it ripe material for Mel Gibson and his personal beliefs. As a man who has been very outspoken (a bit too much) on his Christian values, this film seems like the perfect vehicle for him to channel these beliefs. Faith and religion course throughout this and, as much as you can may want to overlook it, it just won't let you. This is a film about a saviour and it can't help but bombard you with religious rhetoric and imagery. In the end, you could ask where God is in all this bloodshed and mayhem but that might be a tad too philosophical for what Gibson is going for here. Sadly, that's what's missing from Hacksaw Ridge; Its jingoism feels out of touch and I couldn't help but wonder what, say, Terrence Malick might have done with the material. If you consider Malick's The Thin Red Line, for example, you'll find a philosophical depth that's lacking from Gibson's film yet it would have benefited greatly from. There's also a contradictory nature; Despite feeling like an old-fashioned, Hollywood style picture it has many riffs and rip-off's of contemporary war movies. There are several unashamed nods to Full Metal Jacket, Saving Private Ryan and Gibson's own Braveheart and Hacksaw's major problem is that it doesn't come close to bettering any of them. I'm also not sold on the choice of leading man; Andrew Garfield is not a bad actor by any means but he doesn't deliver a performance that's worthy of the Oscar nomination he's received for this. I don't know, maybe it's just his appearance that throws me off. He's too boyish or maybe it's just that I can't help but focus on how disproportionate his hair is to his face. It's not the first time in a film that I've noticed his monumentally large hair. It's very distracting. That said, despite its cliches and sometimes woefully written dialogue, this still has much to offer in terms of entertainment and it's a pleasure to see Gibson calling the shots with his usual visceral approach. He still has a ferocious ability to stage a good action set-piece and Hacksaw provides a good number of them. Although old sugar tits just can't help but put his Christian values and themes of religious devotion into this, it's hard not to be swept up in the combat and the man behind the astounding true story. It's not subtle storytelling from Gibson but it's simple and effective nonetheless. Mark Walker

Mark Walker
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

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