Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hacksaw Ridge

Sharon and I watched Hacksaw Ridge. With the Oscars on Sunday, this is the ninth of the nine films nominated for a Best Picture that we have seen!

Hacksaw Ridge is a biographical film about the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacifist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist. He refused to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa.

The film was directed by Mel Gibson. It is based on an earlier documentary about Doss. The movie stars Andrew Garfield as Doss with Vince Vaughn in a supporting role.

Hacksaw Ridge was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of its top ten Movies of the Year. It received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Garfield.

Hacksaw Ridge exceeded my expectations. I had put off seeing it in the theater because I was leery of having to sit through the violent in the second half of the film. While the violence is hard to watch, I think that it probably not as bad as Gibson's The Passion of Christ. I don't believe that the film will win Best Picture or that Garfield will win Bset Actor...

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