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Hacksaw ridge - movie review
director: mel gibson
writers: robert schenkkan & andrew knight
cast: andrew garfield, sam worthington, luke bracey, teresa palmer, richard pryos, jacob warner, milo gibson, hugo weaving, rachel griffiths, vince vaughn
the war scenes are simply some of the best put on film. say what you want about mel gibson, but he is one of the best visual directors working today. the action is bloody, it's gorey, but it is never glorified...the violence that took place is never condoned and considerable respect is paid to the veterans involved in this war. andrew garfield was nominated for an oscar for his role here, and it's not a surprise. since playing spider-man, garfield has gone back to his social network roots, as he is consistently delivering awards-caliber performances, and his take on desmond doss may be the best he's ever done. i also think hugo weaving deserved a nomination (although he didn't get one) as he and desmond doss are the best written characters in the script.
many have proclaimed that hacksaw ridge is mel gibson's best film ever, and while i agree that it is perhaps the best direction he's ever given, i don't think this is the best pure film he's ever made. for starters, the scenes that take place before the battle drag a lot for me. i had a hard time sympathizing with other characters other than desmond doss and his father, and i can't help but feel like more attention should have been paid to doss's surroundings as opposed to doss himself the entire time. vince vaughn is one of my favorite actors, and while he gives a good performance, it seems like any tall, intimidating actor could have played his character.
overall, hacksaw ridge contains some of the best war scenes ever put on screen. however, they are bogged down by the slow first and second acts in my opinion. oh boy, i can't wait to see the comments call me out on this one.
rating: 3.5/5 stars