I took the wife to see Hacksaw Ridge this morning. I’ll dispense with the flowers and poetry.
This was an incredible film, which well-captures the capacity of man to ostracize and dehumanize those who dare to stand alone; who dare to deviate from the groupthink of the pack. Hacksaw Ridge is a brutally-violent movie that evokes visceral emotions of fear and a sense of being right there with the men who so bravely fought and died on Okinawa.
I give it a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you have a Grandfather or know someone who fought the Japanese in the Pacific, you will gain the tiniest glimmer of the fear and hell they endured. If you ever wondered why they wouldn’t talk about it, the brutality of war on display in this film will silence your doubt. If you have issues with PTSD, a few of the battle scenes in this film may be disturbing.
If you’re going to see this movie, see it on the big screen, as I doubt it will feel the same on a small screen. The Trailer: