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Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge


Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Erin Gear

From critically acclaimed director Mel Gibson, the silver screen has been graced with the most intense and confronting, yet heart-warming, war film since Saving Private Ryan. The Australian director’s Hacksaw Ridge is an unforgettable masterpiece that is sure to stay with you long after leaving the cinema.

The film follows the inspirational true story of American war-hero Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), who is torn between his duty as a soldier of war and his religious beliefs as a dedicated Christian man. While maintaining his stance as a conscientious objector, Doss single-handedly saved the lives of 75 men who would have otherwise died. Set in Japan during the Second World War, Gibson strikingly captures the terrifying reality of war through Private Doss.

Hacksaw Ridge delivers audiences to the theatre of war, but also observes the hardship experienced on the home front – something which many war films lack. Love interest and leading lady Dorothy Schutte, played by Adelaide’s very own Teresa Palmer, convincingly elicits a strong sense of admiration, despair and heartache. 

Despite the seriousness and solemnity understandably associated with war films, Hacksaw Ridge also manages to deliver an appropriate amount of comic relief that is laugh-out-loud worthy. Gibson has managed to seamlessly merge elements of drama, comedy, action and romance genres into one stellar, memorable and sure to be timeless film.

The film, shot primarily in Australia, has an impressive Australian cast with the likes of Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Luke Bracey and Sam Worthington. Lathered with Australian talent, on and off screen, this film is one you have to experience and appreciate as an Australian; and ultimately be incredibly proud of.

If you haven’t yet given yourself the opportunity to see Hacksaw Ridge, it is still in Australian cinemas until the middle of December. I cannot recommend this film enough, there’s something in it for everyone to enjoy. Watch the trailer below, and then go to your nearest cinema before time runs out!

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