THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

#34 HACKSAW RIDGE (2016)




We just have a couple of 2016 Best Pic nominees left to catch up on, and #34, Hacksaw Ridge, was next. The is another true story, this one of the amazing Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), who was determined to serve his country as a medic during World War II, despite being a conscientious objector who refuses to bear arms of any kind. We find out how he established his beliefs, see him through boot camp and a near-court martial for refusing orders to take rifle training and, finally, saving lives in the Battle of Okinawa, where he single-handedly saved 75 soldiers left for dead when his company is forced to retreat. Garfield's performance shows Doss as more than a impulsive country boy but rather a complex, stubborn man with strongly ingrained beliefs that seem to run counter to enlisting in the Army to fight the Japanese. Great work from the man we once knew as Spider-Man. And nice supporting work from Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn as his commanding officers who are perplexed at first by Doss and then astounded by his bravery in the field. Hacksaw Ridge sports one of the most intense, bloody, realistic extended battle scenes since Saving Private Ryan. Director Mel Gibson pulls no punches - if you don't see the consequences of war as they may really look on the battlefield, then you'll never feel the impact of what Doss did on Hacksaw Ridge 72 years ago. No glory in this battle. Gibson earned a Best Director nod for his work here. I'm not a war movie kind of guy, but the story at the center of Hacksaw Ridge is pretty amazing and was worth straying from my usual path.

TLA one-word review: empassioned