Hacksaw Ridge: The touching but extremely violent true story about saving lives and determination

I am somewhat baffled as to how to start this review, other than to say that the story is spectacular! Many have seen this movie and many jaws probably dropped when seeing the extreme war violence. I, for one, was in shock that a story could be so violent and yet so touching at the same time. The storyline goes like this: A man named Desmond Doss enlists in the military, but because of his religious beliefs, he refuses to touch a rifle. This makes Doss seem useless until he makes the bravest decision, one that could possibly cost him his life. I thought this movie was going to be unrealistic and boring, but I was completely wrong. The war scenes were an excellent re-enactment of what World War II looked like, and the story between Desmond and Dorothy (Desmond's soon to be wife) is realistic as well. It's very emotional seeing Desmond risk his life for his country, and seeing him knowingly put himself in enemy territory to save lives is both heartbreaking and powerful. Hacksaw Ridge is based on a true story that happened back in1945 and is still remembered to this day. Desmond Doss was granted the Medal Of Honor after his service and lived a happy life until he passed away on March 23, 2006, a notable hero. Hacksaw Ridge received an R rating for the gory and highly disturbing violence, but then again, it is a war story, so violence is a given. I have a very difficult time saying that this film is classified as a "hard R" because it is a true story and not some fiction film. In terms of age-appropriateness, I would say that parents should consider the extremely graphic scenes that include graphic gunshot wounds, bodies on fire, explosions that blow people apart, bodies cut in half, stabbing, over 400 dead bodies shown on camera, and suicide by sword, which is partly shown. Overall, I give Hacksaw Ridge 4.5 out of 5 stars for being an excellent film, but it is way too graphic to be enjoyed by younger viewers.

Signing Off,

Ethan


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