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|Genre:||War Movie, Drama|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 140 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
1945: Young Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is in a moral dilemma. On the one hand, he wants to serve his country in World War II. On the other hand, violence and killing cannot be reconciled with his faith. With all his strength he fights for the right to go into battle without a weapon. In fact, he is granted what the other soldiers do not like to see. They see a danger in Desmond - but it soon turns out that exactly the opposite is the case. Because during the merciless fight for the island of Okinawa it is Desmond of all people who saves the lives of many chamberades without firing a single shot…
With "Hacksaw Ridge - The Decision" Mel Gibson makes an impressive comeback as director after several negative headlines. The heroic epic based on a true story is not entirely free of clichés. And in some moments a good portion of pathos is also used. And yet Gibson's directing is so stirring and powerful that you can easily ignore these weaknesses. Gibson knows how to build a story like this in such a way that the viewer is simply sucked into it. The characters are tangible, which makes you excited about their fate. This is incredibly important in such a story, because it only really works through the emotional component.
If you didn't care about the figures, the weaknesses would be much more obvious. Some of the dialogues only work because of the strong actors and the good direction. On paper, on the other hand, they sound very clichéd, which applies not only to the romantic scenes between Desmond and his great love Dorothy. But the small script weaknesses are made insignificant by an extremely sovereign game. For example, when Hugo Weaving makes a flaming plea that his son can go to war even without a weapon, it seems to be very thick, but it works because of the thrilling game of Weaving.
The whole thing becomes really gripping at the Battle of Okinawa. Well, one could argue that Gibson would have achieved the same effect without the sometimes extremely violent brutality. In some moments "Hacksaw Ridge - The Decision" is even more shocking, merciless and brutal than the opening sequence of "Soldier James Ryan". However, even if there might have been more to this movie and even if you have the feeling in some scenes that the fight was very obviously staged in a studio, you can't help but be captivated by the extreme tension of the story and literally be pushed into the cinema seat. Gibson has done an excellent job of getting the best out of all the means at his disposal.
"Hacksaw Ridge - The Decision" is the story of a true hero who, despite the horrors of war, has preserved his humanity and faith in the environment of the greatest atrocities. A very good film on almost all levels, with which Mel Gibson finally underscored his reputation as a serious filmmaker once again! Absolutely worth seeing!
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