The World War II film, starring Andrew Garfield, is based on a true story. It follows the heroic journey of Desmond T. Doss, and how his devout commitment to his faith leads him to be the only man on the battlefront, face-to-face with enemies, unarmed.
Going into the film with little to no background on the story, I feared that the gun conversation that is taking part in today’s news was going to have a political role in this film. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The story starts by capturing the audience’s hearts by having a “Nicholas Sparks” type love story between Doss and Dorothy Schutte, played by Teresa Palmer. The plot takes a sharp turn as it throws you in the midst of WWII.
Doss ends up joining the army, despite his rigid beliefs as a conscientious objector that he cannot hold a gun – wanting to be a medic in the war to save lives, not take them.
All of the realistic action in the movie took place atop a mountain in the midst of the Battle of Okinawa, where men lost limbs, got stabbed, blown up and shot down within seconds.
While Doss’s fellow soldiers fear he would hold them back since he couldn’t protect them, he proves himself to be the greatest hero in that fight without ever pulling a trigger.
Despite the captivating love story and God-like miracles, the film also offered extremely gory and violent scenes that are not for the faint-hearted
The film truly grasped the harsh realities that epitomized WWII times, where men were seen as weak if they did not fight for their wives, children and country.
The end of the film featured actual photos and clips of Doss and his wife in real life, from the early 2000’s. The video clips of Doss looking back and reflecting on his time in WWII, brought audience members to tears
Hacksaw Ridge is a unique war hero story that is sure to move any audience.