"War does not determine who is right - only who is left" - Bertrand Russell
Ensemble Cast : Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn
Directed by : Mel Gibson
While sitting at a well known theatre, for some random movie, this trailer popped up. I was like I need to watch this movie by all means. The trailer sparked some curiosity and the thought that someone was willing to fight a war as big as WWII "unarmed !!" baffled me. To top it all up it is very much based on a true story.
It talks about the struggles of war, a family with unsettling kids rooted in the 7th Day Adventist Church beliefs. Much to the father's dismay the kids, all grown up now, get themselves enlisted in the army. Each of the two with different perceptions of war. One believes that wars need to be fought and the other - Desmond Doss, believes he wants to save lives at the enemy lines without any arms. Pretty unassuming to digest I must say. Rest of the plot (I am not giving in much of it, you better hit the theatres and feel the WWII experience) is all about how Desmond preps himself up for the battle at Hacksaw. His only war is to get accepted without getting branded as insane for being a Conscientious Objector
Definitely a major comeback for Mel Gibson after a decade as director. Not that I know a lot about technical terms, I must say I just loved the cinematography of this movie to the core. Everything was just right with the right dosages. Andrew Garfield was a perfect fit to play Desmond Doss - nota typical army figure.
1. Desmond needs to plead guilty - For not obeying officials at the Rifle test
That's when Desmond's father enters saving his son of the difficult ordeal. A father's true
intentions are exhibited, though he has seemingly disavowed the sons.
2. The gripping climax - Last two men being brought down
I am not telling you what exactly this scene is all about but just prepare yourselves for
some serious goose bumps ;)
Bottom-line : The movie has its share of true love, family tiffs, gore, wins and losses, doubts and acceptances. Definitely worth two times the watch. Mel Gibson has done fantastically well and so as the entire crew. This movie beautifully highlights that every life is just as important as winning a mighty war