Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) leads this World War II true story about Desmond Doss - a conscientious objector who went to war but refused to fire a bullet, choosing to enter the battlefield without a weapon. Directed by Mel Gibson.

In Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, Desmond Doss (Garfield) saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed the war was just, but killing was nevertheless wrong; he was the only American soldier in WWII to traverse the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic, Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Best Editing and Sound Mixing, Academy Awards 2017; Best Editing, BAFTAs 2017
2016Rating: R15, Depicts graphic and realistic war scenes131 minsUSA, Australia
True Story & BiographyWar
97%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

It immerses you in the violent madness of war - and, at the same time, it roots its drama in the impeccable valour of a man who, by his own grace, refuses to have anything to do with war.

0
USA Today

USA Today

press

As he did so well in Braveheart, Gibson explores the reasons men fight for their country rather than just reveling in blood and gore.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

There aren't many shades of grey in 'Hacksaw Ridge', but it follows through its purpose with vigour, confidence and swagger.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A bluntly effective faith-and-flag war drama, the true story of a remarkable hero with a knot of moral tension at its center.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As repellent a figure as many may still find Gibson, I have to report he's absolutely hit Hacksaw Ridge out of the park.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

For all that less-than-subtle cinematic magpieing, Hacksaw Ridge is a deeply gripping and engrossing film made with passion, if perhaps a little too much bombast.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

This film is not for the faint-of-heart and nor should it be. Go armed with the knowledge that war is hell and Gibson doesn't want us to forget that.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Gibson's forceful comeback is a violent drama about pacifism that succeeds in combining horror with grace.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...undeniably moving...a well-crafted tale of the valour of man in truly harrowing circumstances...

0

Completely immerses you in the insane madness and violence of war, but delivers it with an incredibly moving story. Andrew Garfield, you are amazing.

4.0
0

With the possible exception of Fury, this is the best war movie since Saving Private Ryan.

5.0
0

Hacksaw Ridge is directed by Mel Gibson and it stars Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer and Hugo Weaving. Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of a World War II Medic Desmond Doss who refused to use a firearm during the Battle of Okinawa. Mel Gibson is back with another war epic and glad to say, for a ten year hiatus from...

5.0
0

Most of the movie plays out as you would expect of a war movie - shocking, brutal and graphic portrayals of the horrors of war delivered at break-neck speed. This is no easy feat and deserves attention. The anti-war, conscientious objector side of the movie is very strong at the beginning but it feels like the message gets diluted a little towards the final...

4.0
0

Good war-films are very disturbing to watch. The dramatic realism of modern digital effects spares little and many audiences will find Hacksaw Ridge (2016) one of the most violent sensory assaults that can be experienced in a cinema. If it were not a true story that celebrates an unusual hero the film could have been accused of a gratuitous display of...

4.0
0

One of the best movies of the year. Mel Gibson knows how to make a movie that is moving and real. This is a true story done very well. This movie ranks up there with "Saving Private Ryan" for showing the horrors of war but also the bravery and humanity within a context of the inhumanity of war. This movie like Mel's other movies is well worth the trip to...

5.0
0

If you can get through the initial cliched study of American rural life then the payoff tells why this has got such good reviews. The war footage feels horribly real and you can't help feeling thankful there are men like this one who go above and beyond for their fellow man. Odd casting choices are a stumbling block but overall Mel Gibson has made a war...

3.0
0

Superbly acted and directed. The war scenes are gruesome, gory and violent, which leads to an extremely real and authentic viewing experience. I found myself uncontrollably ducking for cover. . There is also some much needed humour added in the first quarter. Vince Vaughn is great. A very funny introduction to his character develops into a serious and...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

It immerses you in the violent madness of war - and, at the same time, it roots its drama in the impeccable valour of a man who, by his own grace, refuses to have anything to do with war.

0
USA Today

USA Today

press

As he did so well in Braveheart, Gibson explores the reasons men fight for their country rather than just reveling in blood and gore.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

There aren't many shades of grey in 'Hacksaw Ridge', but it follows through its purpose with vigour, confidence and swagger.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A bluntly effective faith-and-flag war drama, the true story of a remarkable hero with a knot of moral tension at its center.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As repellent a figure as many may still find Gibson, I have to report he's absolutely hit Hacksaw Ridge out of the park.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

For all that less-than-subtle cinematic magpieing, Hacksaw Ridge is a deeply gripping and engrossing film made with passion, if perhaps a little too much bombast.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

This film is not for the faint-of-heart and nor should it be. Go armed with the knowledge that war is hell and Gibson doesn't want us to forget that.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Gibson's forceful comeback is a violent drama about pacifism that succeeds in combining horror with grace.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...undeniably moving...a well-crafted tale of the valour of man in truly harrowing circumstances...

0

Completely immerses you in the insane madness and violence of war, but delivers it with an incredibly moving story. Andrew Garfield, you are amazing.

4.0
0

With the possible exception of Fury, this is the best war movie since Saving Private Ryan.

5.0
0

Hacksaw Ridge is directed by Mel Gibson and it stars Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer and Hugo Weaving. Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of a World War II Medic Desmond Doss who refused to use a firearm during the Battle of Okinawa. Mel Gibson is back with another war epic and glad to say, for a ten year hiatus from...

5.0
0

Most of the movie plays out as you would expect of a war movie - shocking, brutal and graphic portrayals of the horrors of war delivered at break-neck speed. This is no easy feat and deserves attention. The anti-war, conscientious objector side of the movie is very strong at the beginning but it feels like the message gets diluted a little towards the...

4.0
0

Good war-films are very disturbing to watch. The dramatic realism of modern digital effects spares little and many audiences will find Hacksaw Ridge (2016) one of the most violent sensory assaults that can be experienced in a cinema. If it were not a true story that celebrates an unusual hero the film could have been accused of a gratuitous display of...

4.0
0

One of the best movies of the year. Mel Gibson knows how to make a movie that is moving and real. This is a true story done very well. This movie ranks up there with "Saving Private Ryan" for showing the horrors of war but also the bravery and humanity within a context of the inhumanity of war. This movie like Mel's other movies is well worth the trip to...

5.0
0

If you can get through the initial cliched study of American rural life then the payoff tells why this has got such good reviews. The war footage feels horribly real and you can't help feeling thankful there are men like this one who go above and beyond for their fellow man. Odd casting choices are a stumbling block but overall Mel Gibson has made a war...

3.0
0

Superbly acted and directed. The war scenes are gruesome, gory and violent, which leads to an extremely real and authentic viewing experience. I found myself uncontrollably ducking for cover. . There is also some much needed humour added in the first quarter. Vince Vaughn is great. A very funny introduction to his character develops into a serious and...

5.0
0