Village Jam Factory - Saturday 5 November 2016, 3:30pm
Running time: 138m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong battle violence, blood and gore)
Release date: 03/11/16
Rating: 6/10 (ME 2.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Demond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is a young man looking to do what he can to serve his country during World War 2. But his decision is complicated by the resistance of his veteran father (Hugo Weaving), his fiancée (Teresa Palmer) and his moral objection to holding a gun. Desmond soon discovers that there are other ways he can help that don't require firing a single shot.
Hacksaw Ridge is an intense and graphic war drama from director Mel Gibson. There's a very interesting story here which raises questions about heroism and the futility of war. There's nothing left to the imagination with the horrors of battle on full and gruesome display. In fact there is so much gore that it's easily to become desensitised to the violence, but it's there for an important reason. It's an epic and grand film, but the pace is slow in parts with many scenes going on far longer than they need to. There's a montage of photos and interviews at the end to remind you that this is a true story (because that's a more valid form of story telling?) and despite the originality of the story there's a familiarity with a style of filmmaking.
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