Thanks to Icon Films we had the chance to see HACKSAW RIDGE before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
When you think of war films, you tend to think it will be about the heroic efforts of a brave solider who saves many lives through the skillful act of killing. HACKSAW RIDGE however tells the extraordinary and unbelievably true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector who despite all odds saves 75 lives single-handedly without firing or carrying a gun.
This unlikely war hero, not only tells the tremendous tale of courage on the battlefield, but one of the underdog, as his immense determination to uphold to his unique views in the face of a bewildered American army and the lengths he has to go to prove himself, is a really harrowing yet simultaneously uplifting story that makes the impossible seem possible.
Andrew Garfield is perfectly cast in this role, as his lean physique and seemingly innocuous nature, makes you surrender to every emotion and every power struggle Desmond faces. You’ll find yourself cheering him on in every situation, big or small. Garfield brings out what one could only image would appear to be the real Desmond Doss.
Garfield’s co-stars are equally brilliant, even Vince Vaughn, who on the surface seems inadequately cast is on the contrary, perfect for the part. Playing Desmond’s troop sergeant, his mix of humour and seriousness makes one feel a little naughty for laughing out loud.
It’s impressive to see Mel Gibson direct a well crafted, inspirational and heart pounding war film, not just for the different war narrative it portrays, but also for endorsing the Australian film industry and it’s actors. One can only hope this is one of many exceptionally Aussie made films to come out theatrically.
Be sure to catch this incredible film about an undoubtedly admirable human being, whose story deserves to be told one hundred times over, if not more. Be prepared to have faith in the human race and in the ability to change fixed practices!
HACKSAW RIDGE – In cinemas November 3