Hacksaw Ridge (2016) was directed by Mel Gibson. The screenplay was penned by Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey and Vince Vaughn.
The film is about the heroic true story of Army Medic Desmond Doss, who, because of religious beliefs, saves the lives of many men during battle without shooting a single weapon.
I know, I finally saw this movie. Took me long enough. It won two Academy Awards this year, Film Editing and Sound Mixing.
Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss is spectacular. Not only does he absolutely nail the southern accent, his emotional presence is fierce and makes you empathize with his character, religious or not. The trauma he experiences even before he experiences battle is awful and he portrays all the scenes with wonderful tenacity.
Vince Vaughn, well, he feels like every character he has ever played, himself. Just not as funny.
What I liked the most about the film is Andrew Garfield. His performance was the best part of the whole film.
I do not necessarily think that this film was as good as other movies that came out in 2016 that weren’t nominated for Academy Awards, but it was a fine film.