Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Hannah Corcoran

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Currently at AOSE, the movie Hacksaw Ridge is all we’re talking about.

It started after the sophomore students in Mrs. Murphy’s Social Justice class watched the movie to learn about conscientious objectors at that time of World War II and how they were discriminated against. Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield, is an extremely moving film that takes place during World War II. More specifically, it tells about one of the bloodiest battles in World War II at Okinawa, Japan – at Hacksaw Ridge (hence the name of the film). The story revolves around the Desmond Doss, who was a conscientious objector but insisted on enlisting and participating on the front lines. Hacksaw Ridge follows Desmond on his road to Japan, including the details of how his unit discriminated against and even abused him and how the army attempted to keep him in a military prison. Most importantly, it describes how Desmond saved over seventy men, all while under fire.

The most amazing part is that the entire story of Desmond Doss is true. All of the students in Mrs. Murphy’s class agree that this movie is the embodiment of American pride and shows how the faith, determination, and bravery of just one man can change lives — and even save them!  This film is incredible, and so is Andrew Garfield’s talent in telling the story of Desmond Doss. (Plus the fact that he is absolutely gorgeous.) There is no better fit for the part of Desmond.

Ultimately, Hacksaw Ridge is easily a 10/10 – must watch film!

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