Hacksaw Ridge (2016) (mini-review++)

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(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 6

effects 7

editing 6

writing 6


3.2 out of 5 🐙


I didn’t realize Mel Gibson was directing already again. I still don’t know how he made it back to working in Hollywood after his virulent and abominable anti-semitic rant. Andrew Garfield with a southern accent was kinda weird. Sam Worthington with a southern accent was also kinda weird. Rachel Griffiths with a southern accent was also weird. Were there no American actors available? Don’t get me wrong. I’m an immigrant. I just found it funny.

They are actually climbing a huge rope ladder (which looked kinda super fun) to take a ridge. I’ve seen a ton of war movies and that is something I haven’t seen before. But why dont the Japanese just cut the ladder?

Vince Vaughn as a tough military dude? That was not the best casting choice.

Mel Gibson sure loves directing war movies. Again, don’t get me wrong. I love Braveheart.

I liked Luke Bracey as Smitty, the recruit who initially hates Andrew Garfield but later comes to respect him. Though that paradigm is pretty much a cliche now. I could see him in a Marvel movie. I’m actually impressed they killed him off. I didn’t see that coming. 

Yes, I get that it’s a war movie.

It eventually got compelling but honestly, it’s a lot longer than it needs to be. And I really wasn’t supremely hooked until about 90 minutes into the movie. And watching him pulling injured men out just reminded me of Forest Gump. Yes, I get that Forest Gump was not real.

It was a pretty sweet visual moment when the one injured dude was hiding from the Japanese and you could only see his one eye visible from the dirt mound piled on him.

I don’t know why the Japanese commander committing suicide scene was really important to the plot.

Lowering him down was an obvious Christ allusion and more than a bit melodramatic but we all know Mel Gibson is a crazy Christian nut.

It’s pretty amazing that he rescued 75 wounded men when the rest of the army abandoned them.

The interviews with the real army soldiers at the end was very moving.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)






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