Hacksaw Ridge movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Hacksaw Ridge is an excellent, but extremely heavy, graphic and violent war movie based on a true story with a powerful message. The cinematography, acting and themes are absolutely brilliant!


Refusing to lay his hands on a weapon based on religious terms, Desmond Doss serves as a combat medic during WWII and saves the lives of 75 men without firing a bullet.

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Movie details

Director: Mel Gibson
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Vince Vaughn, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving
Writer: Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
Release Date (Australia): 16 October 2016
Runtime: 139 minutes/2h 19m
Genre: Biography, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Language: English, Japanese

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong war themes and features graphic battle sequences.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains sustained battle sequences that feature shootings, stabbings, soldiers being blown up and graphic depictions of injury detail. These scenes are accompanied by large sprays of blood and gore detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the words “s**t”, “son of a bitch”, “ass”, “hell” and “damn”.

Nudity (PG)

The film includes depictions of male buttocks nudity.

Sex (PG)

The film includes infrequent verbal sexual references.

mpaa rating

R (for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge portrays the true story of Desmond Doss with the basis of a thematic military-themed first half and an intense second half of brutal war. It’s also another biographical movie centring on extremely graphic subject matter and heavy themes directed by Gibson, whose proven himself talented after this movie, Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ.

The things these three masterfully-made movies have in common is extreme violence, heavy subject matter and they do an exceptional job at portraying their true stories. Alike the director’s previous movies, Hacksaw Ridge is loaded up with every final detail, it’s sometimes very hard to watch and the messages are in some ways very uplifting or inspiring. This movie is extremely heavy and shockingly brutal, but it also leads whilst highlighting the moral that your religious beliefs won’t always hold you back if you are hopeful and assertive.

The first hour of the movie devotes itself to Doss as a man whose very passionate in religion as he prepares to go to war as a medic with no intention of doing harm, but that suddenly turns right around and becomes an extremely intense war movie within just a few seconds, which totally comes as a surprise. The whole movie is very moving and powerful; the cast is perfect, the cinematography is admirable and the message is very hopeful.

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