Hacksaw Ridge

Posted on November 4, 2016


Hacksaw Ridge – Andrew Garfield, with the tall hair and goofy smile, plays Desmond Doss who joins the Army in 1945 as a Conscientious Objector. He feels an obligation to serve but will not pick up a rifle. He’s bullied and beaten by his platoon brothers; even his commanding officers (Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington) try to get him to drop out and go home.

Then his battalion is sent to take Hacksaw Ridge after others have been forced back six times. In the end, Doss single-handedly saves the lives of 75 men and inspires those same ones who mocked him and called him a coward. They are in awe of the courage he showed by going back again and again into the jaws of death. And when he karate chops and high kicks grenades back into the face of the enemy, he becomes a hero for all time.

It is horribly gruesomely graphic. My eyes were shut during most of the shooting, screaming and exploding scenes, which means I missed a lot of the movie. Mel Gibson directed it and you’ll probably see him at the Academy Awards. Tell me again though why it is we have war.