Hacksaw Ridge | A Review| Tolu Daniel 

The horrors of war has never been painted in more vivid images than they were in Hacksaw Ridge. And Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of real life war hero, Private Desmond Dos is nothing but brilliant. From the flying bullets to the faceless deaths which the Japanese brought along on the ridges of Okinawa, no other movie has paid more obeissance to the heroics of the American soldiers who fought on that ridge.
Nothing keeps the strands of brotherhood tighter than a shared desolation. On Hacksaw Ridge, death is a language spoken by all and it was obvious that the Japs spoke it better than the Americans. Rifles and bombs were as real as prayers and personal promises. The Japs fought like a people with nothing to lose while the Americans fought for pride, living nothing to the minds of the viewers of this movie who the bad guys were.
If you think you know what happens during war, the number of headless, limbless, bodyless corpses that these boys who carry guns in the service of their father land sees, this movie attempts to bring you very close. When I saw Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards back in the day, I thought I had seen it all. But Hacksaw Ridge goes beyond a beautiful story and shows us the horrors of war.
This is the story of Private Dos and his belief in God. Desmond volunteers to serve his country on the assumptions that his personal and religious beliefs were enough to earn him thd rights to touch a gun. This decision would seen as unpopular and unwise by his commanding officers (Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn) who would do everything in their power to frustrate the young man from qualifying to go with them to the war front without bearing arms despite Desmond’s argument that he would not need a gun since all he wants to do was save lives.
Desmond wont be left alone on this seeming quest of madness, but will be supported by his fiancee, Dorothy, (Teresa Palmer). Their meeting and subsequent falling in love will be the perfect prologue this movie needs as we nare thrown into a barrage of extremely bloody images. This is the story of defiance even unto death. The story of a Bible and rifles and men dropping like bullets off the cavity of several rifles. This, is a story of redemption.
This is the second time Mel Gibson has confounded me. His adaptation of the Passion for the Christ remains till date one of the bloodiest and the one of the few pictures which tells the story the way it was written. Perhaps Mr Gibson loves blood and gory things, one may not know, but one thing is for sure. He did a hell of a job with this one. 


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