Saturday, November 19, 2016


Based on the true story of a conscientious objector who served as a medic (without carrying or firing a weapon) in the ferocious battle for Okinawa during the last days of World War Two, Hacksaw Ridge is a stunning return to form for director Mel Gibson. Brutal, uncompromising and poignant, it easily takes its place alongside some of the great war films of the modern era, including Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Saving Private Ryan (all of which it bears some similarities with). Great performances from former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield (an Oscar-worthy turn), Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths. Even the usually insufferable Sam Worthington is excellent. Definitely at the top of the 2016 film heap.