I hate war, and I hate war movies. I can't stand the blood and guts, and the hyper macho approach to life. However, between the great work of director Mel Gibson and the riveting performance of relative newcomer Andrew Garfield, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. And you won't be able to either. The film is absolutely bloody as hell- but so is war, therefore it is perfectly fitting that Gibson would not hold back the grimy and gritty realities from the audience.
Unfortunately, while many other solid movies received significant awards for their work, by and large Hacksaw Ridge was sort of an afterthought. It's too bad. There are many reasons this may have been the most important movie made in recent years.
The real life hero receiving his medal.
Why? In a world gone crazy, where self and self-fulfillment is the order of the day, this true to life movie is a powerful tale of an incredible soldier, Cpl. Desmond Doss, that sticks to his religious beliefs but does so in the midst of great personal risk to save the lives of 27 men - one at a time- while under enemy fire during World War II. Twenty Seven men. And he rescued them without a gun in his hand. He is the real Captain America! A True Marvel Superhero!
Conviction. Self-Sacrifice. Duty. Honor. Courage. Humility. And yes, faith in the Almighty, All-Powerful, Holy God to whom we will have to give an account of our lives. These are values that are rarely seen on the big screen. And these are the values I want to pass on to the people around me.
Want to know more about him? Check out this in-depth look that shares even more amazing facts about Mr. Doss.