Benjamin Maio Mackay
Hacksaw Ridge - 4.5 Stars
A truly brilliant Australia film.
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Love or hate him controversial entertainer Mel Gibson has always been able to direct incredible movies and this is no different. Confronting, violent and finally a film that in no-way glorifies war.
Visually stunning - it looks amazing. The only scenes that lack visual conviction are the 3 brief shots of the navy war ships, with that exception this film brilliantly and horrifically captures the graphic nature of war. With a mix of Australian, British and American actors this well rounded cast are brilliantly. Sam Worthington’s accent is the only that slips and that is forgivable given the quality of his performance otherwise. Andrew Garfield may’ve finally broken away from his Spiderman typecasting and gives a solid performance. Vince Vaughn offers a surprisingly solid and emotional performance. While Teresa Palmer and Hugo Weaving round out the main cast, ensemble members Luke Pegler and Firasss Dirani deserve mention too.
Overall brilliant performances, writing, directing and cinematography. The best war film since Saving Private Ryan. You can’t miss this Australian gem.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas