This is Part Five of my 2017 Oscar Watch where I watch all of the Best Picture nominees in the weeks running up to the Academy Awards.
- “Manchester by the Sea”
- “La La Land”
- “Hacksaw Ridge”
- “Hidden Figures”
For all of my 2017 Academy Awards picks, click here.
“Hacksaw Ridge” is the bloodiest religion propaganda film of the past decade. The reigning king, “The Passion of the Christ,” was also directed by the same “Traditionalist Catholic” who employs the subtlety of a lead brick, dull messianic characters, and buckets of gore. Mel Gibson’s latest film is head-shakingly awful and proves that he is nothing more than a hack. What was the Academy thinking?
Without Andrew Garfield’s above average portrayal of Desmond Doss, this film would have no redeeming qualities. Vince Vaughn as a drill sergeant? This must be a fucking joke…
Don’t Think, Just Believe
While viewers of an extreme faith will appreciate this film, rational human beings will see through the overt religious recruitment tactics, paper thin characters, cheesy love story, and war scenes that are closer to “300” than “Saving Private Ryan”—Gibson loves to watch maggots eat away at the faces of dead soldiers, body parts spray gore, and people lit on fire in slow motion. The film transitions from an uninspired romance, to a cliched boot camp scenario, and finally to grotesque war scenes that are neither well directed nor planned. How can the purity of faith be accepted in light of the gratuitous violence that Gibson directs with sadistic glee? This movie is an absolute piece of shit that tries to brainwash viewers with a hollow message about beliefs.
My hatred for this film does not come from its religious underpinnings, “Hacksaw Ridge” is simply beyond heavy handed and lacks any inkling of maturity or subtlety. The real life story of Desmond Doss is incredible, but Gibson turns it into something akin to the fake German war movie in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds”—this film is textbook propaganda. It is an unrealistic testament to the idea that believing in the true Christian god will make you not only survive a war, but become a hero in the process. It’s unrealistic and petty.
Watch Anything Else
There’s not much more to say about this movie, but don’t waste your time or money. It is fucking terrible. I don’t even want to think of a cheesy pun here, I would like nothing more than to forget that this movie exists.