Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Sunday, 05 April 2020

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong battle violence, blood and gore.

  • The pitch:

    Quite a wall to climb.

  • Starring:

    Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Matt Nable, Nathaniel Buzolic, Richard Roxburgh

  • Directed by:

    Mel Gibson

  • Running time:

    139 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot, stabbed, bayoneted, set alight, thrown/blasted through the air, hit with objects, throat-grabbed, dragged, near hit-by vehicles, found crushed beneath a car, slapped, teased, bullied, beaten, rammed against a wall, buried alive, throat-sliced (off-camera/sound heard), sabotaged, captured, beheaded, sacrificed (harakiri). Explosions. Siblings wrestle/fight/punch/kick; a boy hits his brother over the head with a brick. A woman is threatened by an alcoholic husband. A man holds his father at gunpoint. A father threatens to beat/whip his sons. A story is heard of two young men committing suicide because they were declined entry into the military. Newreel footage of Nazi soldiers/flags. Objects thrown, smashed, exploded, grabbed, punched. Very intense and grisly battle scenes. Military vehicles/training/ships/aircraft, grenades, satchel charges, bayonet attacks, mortars. Yelling, arguing, screaming, battle cries. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (many - fresh/decomposed/piled up). Bloody heads, hands, faces, hair, legs, clothing, ground, wounds, linen, cuts, scrapes; blood on headstone, spots of blood spray, spurting blood, blood extraction. Torsos cut in half, missing limbs, spilled guts, visible bone/flesh. Torsos/bodies used as shields. Needles injected into skin (one seen in close-up). People on stretchers, hospital beds. Bandages, tourniquets, bruising, bloodshot eyes, scarred (burned) face/arm, rope burns. Surgery, vials of blood/plasma. Knife protruding/removed from boot.


    A couple kiss in their bedroom on their wedding night (sex implied - not seen). Nude man (genitals mostly obscured - full rear view seen), shirtless men, men in loincloth underwear, cleavage. Kissing, flirting. A man reads a 1940s girlie magazine. Married to first cousin, lover, mistress, concubine mentioned.


    Drugs (morphine). Alcohol (beer). Intoxication, alcoholic husband/father. Smoking.


    S-words, a-words, son-of-a-bitch. Name-calling. Slang words for genitals/bodily functions/women. Heavy religious references and exclamations (damn, what the hell, Satan, the Sabbath, good Christian, good Lord). Derogatory references/jokes about religion, women, American Indians, countryfolk.


    Desmond Doss, conscientious objectors, army medics, faith, religion, Seventh Day Adventism, World War II, the Battle of Okinawa, court martial, stubbornness, pride, dating, imprisonment, morals, nightmares, rescue, heroes, brotherhood, mateship.


    Cemtery, church, courtroom, hospital, war settings. Alcoholic husband/father. Dead friends. Marriage proposal, engagement, woman stood up at altar, man tells how he was given up to an orphanage as a child. Rats, maggots. Waterfall. Toilet. Vomiting. Vision at end credits. Based on a true story.


    Thrilling, riveting, maddening, gruesome, effective, bloody, brutal, powerful, visceral, devastating, potent, bombastic, crowd-pleasing, pounding. Extraordinary second half, lucid/clear/violent/long/gut-wrenching/blistering/relentless/delirious/kinetic/staggering/skillfully choreographed action, captivating/sincere/winning/inhabited/committed/likeable/believable performance by Andrew Garfield.


    Derivative, cheesy, programmatic, safe, overdone. Conventional/corny/groan-worthy/clichéd first half, promotes pacifism by celebrating violence.

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