Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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Hey, whats up guys. Back again with another movie review. This time I’m talking about ‘Hacksaw Ridge’. Forewarning, this review does contain a lot of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen this film, or are planning to watch it, do that first! Then come back and read this review. I saw this movie recently on my phone.

So this movie is the true story of Desmond Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see Doss’s trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge. Can someone survive WWII combat without carrying a gun?

Image Credit: IMDB

Movie production

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA)


Mel Gibson


Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Motion picture rating:

Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images

Image Credit: IMDB


All right let’s talk about ‘Hacksaw Ridge’. The movie is directed by Mel Gibson. He hasn’t directed a film in a long time, and well you got ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Apocalypto’ to live up to. Right from the start, I really appreciated the old-fashion sense of direction we were shown. There’s a lot of detail in creating the decade lifestyle. The movie does feel like a 1960’s film just shot with modern equipment and special effects. This movie is shot beautifully. From the slow shots to the perfect lighting used in night scenes.

Desmond falls in love with a nurse in his local hometown and marries her like after basic training. The whole time he’s really trying to convince his army platoon, his father, and everyone else that he’s not a coward for not picking up a weapon. By the way, this is a true story. You see him in an interview at the end of the film, I guess confirming the whole experience.


The movie mainly revolves around Desmond Doss not wanting to pick up a weapon and use it in combat. I feel that Andrew Garfield did a great job playing Desmond Doss. The accent and characteristics are believable and this performance was much better than what he previously played (I’m really just talking about his bad performance of spiderman).

The issues he faces from the military and even the personal issue once he gets out in the field for choosing not to pick up a gun. So many performances were acted very good in this film. I mean, I haven’t seen Vin Vaughn in a long time, and I feel his performance was actually pretty good. Kind of threw me off at first when they show him as the drill sergeant, but then you begin to accept it throughout the film.


Ok now for the bad. Quick warning, this is all my opinion, and I hope I don’t offend anyone away with my stand on Christianity. So, Desmond Doss’s whole philosophy is pretty much he’ll save lives instead of taking lives. I understand that this is something new and a bit of the whole point of the film. I just don’t like that the film was very pushy on religion. I mean I get it, it’s a Mel Gibson film, we’re gonna see a lot of religious stuff. But the film was almost throwing it at your face through the entire second half. I just don’t like when faith-based films throw this religious propaganda at you in a lot of scenes. It’s almost like I feel manipulated into believing something that should be subjective for each person to decide.

Either way, he somehow survives the war without touching a gun. And they live happily ever after. I feel that the philosophy is skewed and not believable in today’s Military. I think this movie brings up a losing debate on carrying weapons and not carrying weapons. I hope this film does not influence others to start doing similar acts. I would hate to hear about something bad happening due to a film like this having influence on someone. I mean, I’m not someone who is all about war; I would rather us not fight at all, but that’s not the world we live in today. So for me, the concept of the film, I just can’t agree with, unless someone can present to me a strong argument. I will say that the actors performed great, and the setting details were also great, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Mel Gibson.

Last words

OK guys, seriously, go watch the film and support the company. This movie should be playing near you at the time of this review. If the movie is already out of the movie theater, or if you’re like me and watch everything on your phone/tablet, be sure to check out the Google play movies. They have an awesome collection of movies and deals on a regular basis.

Don’t be a pirate and steal movies for no reason. Just support and watch art like a dignified person. Also if you live under a rock and haven’t seen the trailer yet, be sure to check out the movie trailer here. Like or hate the review I did? Have a question, comment, or concern? Let me know in the comment below. Don’t forget to also check out other movie reviews on The EXP Grind.

The Good

  • Feels like a 1960's film shot with modern equipment and special effects.
  • Andrew Garfield did a great job playing Desmond Doss
  • Vin Vaughn is back!

The Bad

  • The film was very pushy on religion
  • The overall concept feels 'overglorified'
  • faith-based film

Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Indie musicians, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning in the new and upcoming artists and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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