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The movie depicts the true story of WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for service above and beyond the call of duty. He saved 75 men despite refusing to bear arms during the war on religious grounds.
Hacksaw Ridge is a worthy honoring of the real-life Doss -- portrayed by the British-raised Andrew Garfield -- even if it does feel, at times, as traditionally melodramatic as your standard 1950s MGM big-screen release.
Flawed, but entertaining, Hacksaw Ridge celebrates a pacifist in a time when killing was currency, and is a welcome reminder of the brutality of the battlefield in our own modern times, when war is fought at the push of a button.
There's no doubt that this is confident, striking, film-making and if it merely serves as the final step in Gibson's rehabilitation and allows him to forge ahead with his new career as a director of true vision and power.
Gibson has made a movie that's nearly pathological in its love of violence-but he nonetheless counterbalances its amoral pleasures with an understanding of the psychological devastation that war wreaks.
Hacksaw Ridge is being touted as Gibson's comeback. Is it also an atonement? What's clear is that Gibson has made a film about family, faith, love and forgiveness all put to the test in an arena of violent conflict - a movie you don't want to miss.