Where do I start!!?
I couldn’t go to bed without blogging about this film.
I’ve just been to see it at an Unlimted screening. It opens here in the UK officially on Friday and OMG!!! You have to go and see it.
Absolutely stunning film.
It tells the story of American Army Medic Desmond Doss, who during WWII, refused to carry a weapon and in an unbelievable act of heroism saved the lives of 75 men at Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa. He never fired a single shot and won the medal of honor.
The film is astounding. I can’t praise it enough.
The first half of the film tells the story of Desmond’s early life and sets up the man and why he became a conscientious objector. It’s light hearted and funny.
When he enlists, the scenes at the training camp are hilarious but when you finally get to the nitty gritty war scenes, it’s a completely different story.
They have totally succeeded in getting you to feel exactly what it must have been like to fight in close quarters during that war.
It’s heart stopping and gut wrenching and harrowing.
It’s unbelievable that these men actually went over that ridge more than once and what Doss did, all on his own, throughout the night was an absolute miracle.
Now, as much as I’d like to see Andrew Garfield get an Oscar nomination for Silence, I think it’s more likely he’ll get a nomination for this. Amazing performance.
As was the performance of Hugo Weaving as Doss’s Father.
Apart from really bringing home the true nature of war, this film also shows the incredible courage of individuals when facing their own beliefs.
Oh yes, last but not least…..
I had completely forgotten that Ryan Corr made an appearance in this film.
I nearly choked when he turned up, I was so happy.
Right in the middle of the bloodiest battle I think I’ve witnessed on the big screen, I actually had a smile from ear to ear!!
The smile did not last long.
Truly wonderful film. Do not miss the chance to see it on the big screen.