Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Please Lord, Help me get one more… help me get one more

Hacksaw Ridge is directed by Mel Gibson and it stars Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer and Hugo Weaving.

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Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of a World War II Medic Desmond Doss who refused to use a firearm during the Battle of Okinawa.


The Good

Mel Gibson is back with another war epic and glad to say, for a ten year hiatus from directing, Mel Gibson hasn’t lost his touch. You can tell there’s a beat by beat structure with the story-telling in this movie and Mel Gibson hits those beats perfectly.

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From the first to the third act everything in this movie flowed just right giving it a cohesive pacing and with a two hour and twenty minutes running time, you never feel bored.

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The performances were great, Andrew Garfield in particular was amazing. The rest of the cast was also great, Vince Vaughn who’s usually a comedic actor, was surprising in this film showing that he can also do serious roles at times.


The Bad

Unfortunately the movie has some flaws, one of it being the CGI during the war scenes, where you can notice when they used a green screen and it didn’t mix with the more practical effects they had.


Rating

Overall Hacksaw Ridge is Mel Gibson showing he’s still got it, amidst the controversy that surrounded him years ago. There’s no denying that he’s still a great story-teller on screen. He knows how to structure a story well and pace well enough to make you pay attention until the credits roll.

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The performances in this movie were great and the war scenes were vicious and incredible. The movie is extremely violent and highlights the horrors of war but the movie in general has a lot of heart. Hacksaw Ridge is highly recommended for everyone.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Strong Performances by Cast
  • Great Pacing and Story
  • War Scenes
  • Bad CGI
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