I saw this film on the weekend after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. The Donald as the commander-in-chief of the most powerful military in the world is not a comforting thought.
I guess we just need to get used to sleeping a bit less soundly when Obama steps down and the Donald gets his finger on the trigger. Watching the Hacksaw Ridge, I could not help think how lucky we have been for decades that a major war has not taken place on the homelands of Western countries. As we know from Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson likes to show violence. But this time the violence is not gratuitous. I almost felt grateful to be reminded how terrible war is. Like the two films by Clint Eastwood, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, Hacksaw Ridge covers the US invasion of Japan. In no way it comes across as a repeat of the earlier movies. Gibson found a great untold story of a man who joined the US army but did not want to use arms. This seems at the time a nonsensical. Why join the military if you are not prepared to kill? When the army tries to get rid of him, he does fight them ferociously. Already in the first couple of scenes when the hero and his love interest meet you notice that the film is special. Hacksaw Ridge offers a great night at the movies. Do not miss it.