In Gibson’s true story Hacksaw Ridge, Staunch Christian Desmond Doss (Garfield) enlists to fight in WW2, but refuses to kill. Initially criticised by fellow soldiers and superiors, his awe-inspiring heroics are inevitably praised by all.
HR’s beautifully shot with evocative sound effects in battle scenes. There’s many strong Australian performances, but the writing restricts characters into mere stereotypes. Garfield’s goofy determination, although fitting, gets annoying to watch.The first half lags with an unnecessary romance plot-point. The second is exhilarating overkill of gore, grit, and smack-in-your-face sentimentality.
However, despite the eye-rolling melodrama, HR’s gripping action and heartwarming heroics satisfies.