I finally got a chance to sit down and watch HACKSAW RIDGE for the first time and I wasn’t disappointed. It was a great movie filled with intensity from beginning to end. Throughout the movie I found myself getting emotional and wanting to cry at some parts but I remained strong. Andrew Garfield was definitely born for that role and I’m not sure anyone else could’ve played it better. Which is why he so deserved to be nominated for an Academy Award.
The plot is basically about Desmond Doss, a Seven Day Adventist who saves a man’s life by using his belt as a tourniquet. He takes the man to the hospital and meets Dorothy Shutte where shortly after they begin a relationship. When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, it motivates him to join the army and be a medic. But the one caveat is that because of his religion, he follows the “thou shalt not kill” commandment and refuses to carry or use a firearm. This causes a lot of tension between him and his peers. They take their anger out on him in the worst way, causing him to suffer. Even his commanding officers insist that he quits be he refuses and demands to be a conscientious objector but unfortunately gets court-martial. During his trial he pleads not guilty but before he is sentenced his dad saves the day with a letter from a former commander stating that Desmond’s refusal to carry firearms is covered as an Act of Congress.
The charges are then dropped and it permits Desmond to marry his love Dorothy. What happens next is something of a miracle when he is assigned to the 77th Infantry Division and is deployed to the Pacific Theater where the Battle of Okinawa is taking place. With the war in full effect Desmond goes on to save seventy five soldiers, gaining much respect from the entire unit and is congratulated by his bravery and efforts. he is later awarded by receiving the Medal of Honor.
The graphics in the movie were so spot on and I love how there was so much detail throughout the war. It was hard to tear away from some of the blood-ridden scenes and body parts flying around. This movie is not recommended for anyone with a weak stomach by the way. But I’m not surprised at how well the movie turned out being that it was directed by Mel Gibson who has made so many classics already. Now he has another movie to add to his wall of brilliant work. As if you couldn’t tell already, I highly recommend this movie.