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Hacksaw Ridge review

DON’T WATCH THIS TRAILER.  IT GIVES AWAY TOO MUCH!!!

I saw the trailer for Hacksaw Ridge and just assumed, “It’s another Clint Eastwood World War II movie.”  It’s not.  This is a Mel Gibson joint and frankly, that doesn’t mean much to me because neither The Passion of the Christ or Apocalypto peaked my interest and Braveheart came out twenty years ago.  It all happened by chance – I just picked whatever movie was playing at a time when I was free to hit the movies while I was traveling.  “I like Andrew Garfield,” I thought.  “I’m sure this’ll be the inspirational sports version of a war movie.”

Nope.

Hacksaw Ridge is many things, but for the faint of heart, it is NOT.

Hey, it’s Spider-Man!  Good ol’ Andrew Garfield from Merry Ol’ England!  Hooray!  Hip, Hip — oh my God he’s covered in blood!  SO. MUCH. BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Hacksaw Ridge isn’t an easy movie to talk about.  It’s a good film.  Maybe a great film?  And it’s many films.  The list includes:

  • A coming of age story about two people falling in love against the backdrop of a small town gearing up for America entering World War II.
  • An overcoming prejudice and adversity story about a man whose religious beliefs conflict with his desire to serve his country.  There’s even some courtroom drama thrown in for good measure.
  • The most hardcore war movie I’ve ever seen.  Just wow.

So, there’s the first bit, which is a well executed coming of age/love story.  Then there’s the next bit, which is a little hokey, but done well enough.

And then the movie goes bat shit war insanity.  Hacksaw Ridge has the most intense war scenes I’ve ever bared witness to (this movie makes Saving Private Ryan look like a Sunday school picnic) and they just don’t end!  When they start climbing the ridge (which looks nuts, by the way), I figured, “OK, this is the climax of the movie.  Patience, my bladder…”

But no.

The Americans siege on the Japanese’s fixed position is a horrible wasteland as they’re the second wave, so there’s already tons of bodies lying everywhere.  And it just goes on and on and on – it’s the horrors of war, man.  It’s beyond the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on film.  And then the Americans need to retreat and get back down the ridge, but HOLY SHIZ it just keeps getting crazier!

This is NOTHING!  NOTHING, I TELL YOU!  I HAVE SEEN THE HORRORS OF WAR AS REPRESENTED BY MEL GIBSON!

So… recommendation… uhm…  If you’re OK with violence and gore, then I’d have to say checkout Hacksaw Ridge, but keep in mind, this is the biggest portion of insanity you’re ever likely to be forced to ingest by a filmmaker!  Oh, the humanity!!!

But it’s a really good movie that’s generally been well received, so… I dunno.  Tough call.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on November 18, 2016, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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