Hacksaw Ridge is a movie directed by Mel Gibson, a director that has many achievements under his belt. This movie is his attempt to get back into the public eye and show that he still has what it takes to make a great movie. Luckily for us the audience, he not only delivers but proves that the movie industry is not whole without him. But let's not forget about Andrew Garfield, portraying Desmond Doss. He definitely deserves praise for being able to give the amazing performance that he does. Let's get into some specifics though.
Hacksaw Ridge is a movie that was made with a purpose. Every single one of Mel Gibson's movies has this quality to them, and it is conveyed to the audience perfectly. In this specific film, you understand what the movie is trying to tell you. You could chalk it up to faith and never giving up, but its not a generic faith movie. It doesn't pander to the religious crowd and it doesn't make it seem supernatural either. In religious movies, a miracle happens and it seems like something supernatural happened and its hard to believe. In this movie you understand that religion plays a role in the character's motivation, but it doesn't try to convince you of the religion itself. All the events that happen seem real, partly due to the fact that they did really happen. It makes sense, and the way it is shown, it's so engaging you can't look away.
Mel Gibson has a gift for depicting raw violence, almost the unspeakable. The way that he captures the image of war is striking, he has done it before with his film Braveheart. The film uses the striking visuals as an accent to the overall feeling the characters generate themselves. This movie is pretty much a masterpiece because it achieves the goal it set out to obtain. It might not be super realistic in the way it was shot, you are not going to have veterans walk out of the movie because it was too real like for Saving Private Ryan, but it really does shine a light on one of history's forgotten heroes.
Hacksaw Ridge is Mel Gibson's claim for another chance to make your jaw drop. It has all the ingredients needed for one of Gibson's classics and delivers on a story that highlights a forgotten war hero.