Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Photo by Summit Entertainment
Photo by Summit Entertainment

It’s a strange hybrid.  In spite of the brutal violence in the war scenes – and it is extremely graphic – there is hardly any profanity or crude behavior. Doss’ faith is treated with respect, although Gibson prefers to use battleground images of blood and water to represent Christ’s presence rather than talk about Jesus.
Many critics have taken issue with Doss’ message of pacifism attached to Mel Gibson’s violent depiction of brothers in arms. But that is what makes this story such an interesting tale. Most of the amazing acts of valor shown on screen actually happened (and are mentioned in the Medal of Honor citation). And Corporal Doss was just a regular guy living out his beliefs with integrity and decency.

Read full review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader