One of the most intriguing movies of 2016 was Hacksaw Ridge, based on an astoundingly true story about a combat medic who saved 75 men in Okinawa during one of the bloodiest battles of World war ll. For those who have no idea about the movie, Hacksaw Ridge is a biographical war drama film starring Andrew Garfield (The actor from the amazing Spiderman) as Desmond Doss, directed by the renowned action hero Mel Gibson. “Mel Gibson directs this true-life tale of a US army medic who refused to bear arms with great force, but little subtlety” – The Guardian. Desmond Doss was an American combat medic who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his services in the Battle of Okinawa. The battle was fought on the island of Okinawa in Japan during World war II.
The movie starts off by showing Desmond Doss nearly killing his younger brother, and his spiritual upbringing where he embraces the commandment which says- A man must not kill another man. Doss soon joins the army but refuses to use a firearm which makes him an outsider amongst the other soldiers. He’s the only American soldier in World war ll to fight on the front lines without a weapon. The film shows Doss’ struggle with his superiors and the other soldiers as he sticks to his morals and survive in the army. The battle of Okinawa was brilliantly shot and keeps you on the edge of your seat. There will be a lot of blood and gore on the screen, so that’s a heads up for the weak hearted!
Overall Hacksaw Ridge is a brilliantly directed movie which does not get tedious at any moment, and very entertainingly displays the story about a man who abjured war and stuck to his beliefs his entire life. He was the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Though Hacksaw Ridge didn’t get an Oscar (for which I was rooting for), it’s a must watch for everyone.
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