Hacksaw Ridge (2016, United States)
Director: Mel Gibson
Czas: 135 minut
Director: Mel Gibson
Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector on religious grounds, who despite his strong beliefs joins the army, but refuses to take part in war as soldier. While not even carrying a gun he became one of the heroes of Battle of Okinawa and recipient of Medal of Honor.
Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist strongly believes in the commandment "Thou shalt not kill", but when World War 2 starts it is hard for people like him to just pretend it has nothing to do with them. Doss joins the army, but even the uniform won’t change his views and during the basic training he refuses to use weapons. His superiors do not understand why he is so stubborn, they even try to discharge him from the army for psychiatric reasons. Despite their hostile approach and contempt shown by other soldiers he finishes the training by being assigned to a medic duty, in which he is not obligated to carry a weapon. The first engagement of his unit is attack on Japanese positions located on high cliff called Hacksaw Ridge during Battle of Okinawa. When they arrive to the location and climb the cliff to support another unit Japanese launch a counter-attack, which causes heavy casualties on both sides. Marines are forced to retreat from Hacksaw Ridge, but Doss decides to stay behind and help the wounded.
American war movie telling the true story of Desmond Doss, who was first ever conscientious objector in American army to be awarded Medal of Honor for his actions on Hacksaw Ridge. While his story is amazing and unarmed he done something most of the people would be afraid to do even heavily armed and protected, the movie somehow manages to be disappointing. The plot concentrates too much on the part of the story that takes place before and during the basic training, while the most important part when he was alone on Hacksaw Ridge is a bit shallow and almost unimportant in the movie. Perhaps the Desmond Doss story is one of those that seem to be perfect to make movie based on them, but when you take a hard look at them it’s hard to imagine how they could be interesting, involving and entertaining at the same time. Hacksaw Ridge, just like previously Unbroken or The Railway Man, are true to the original story that was interesting, but fail to be memorable war movie.
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Contrary to Hacksaw Ridge script Battle of Okinawa wasn’t first battle for Desmond Doss and his unit, previously they were part of landing forces on Guam and Leyte.
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