Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Hacksaw Ridge

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Hacksaw Ridge

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HACKSAW RIDGE

Directed by Mel Gibson (Summit Entertainment, 2016)

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Based on the life of the World War II medic and conscientious objector who pulled 75 injured soldiers to safety during the Battle of Okinawa, Hacksaw Ridge chronicles Private Desmond Doss' (Andrew Garfield) unwavering refusal to carry a weapon into battle. Doss' objections stem both from his Seventh-day Adventist faith as well as growing up with a violent, alcoholic father (Hugo Weaving) who was severely traumatized by the violence he witnessed fighting in World War I. Still, compelled to serve, Doss joins the army. We watch him struggle to convince both his superiors and fellow soldiers that his insubordination is an act of conscience rather than cowardice or fanaticism.

Hacksaw Ridge does suffer from a few war movie cliches. Grenade pins get pulled out with teeth. Bullets fly through the air in dramatic slow motion. All of the lines in Japanese are yelled. …

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