Blu-ray Review: Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE Is Beautiful And Brutal - Movies In Focus
Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge is a masterful piece of filmmaking. Gibson’s eye for action is second to none and he has created some of the most impressive battle sequences ever filmed for this WWII drama. The sheer scope of what’s on display is a stunning technical marvel – and it’s easy to see why Gibson was lauded by his peers in the film industry for his work on this momentous story. Andrew Garfield plays Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who signed up to the US army medical core during WWII, but refused to carry a weapon due to his religious beliefs. Sneered at by his fellow soldiers and criticised by his superior officers, Doss went on to receive the Medal of Honour after single-handedly saving 75 men during the bloody Battle of Okinawa. Hacksaw Ridge is a story that seems too far-fetched to be true, but the records are there to prove that Desmond Doss was a remarkably courageous individual. The opening of Gibson’s epic might delve a little too deep into chocolate box saccharinity, but it’s the perfect contrast to the brutal carnage of war that dominates the film’s last half. Garfield’s Doss is a gee-shucks all-American, yet he [...]