I think you did a quick review of this movie, a while ago, so I hope you don't mind if I expand on it a bit.
Yesterday we, or I should say I, watched 'Hacksaw Ridge', another of a few movies that I have been wanting to see. My DW wouldn't even give it a try once she saw what it was about, so I braved it alone. AND, I wasn't disappointed one bit. The movie was GREAT.
I guess you can say it starred a cast of unknowns as they truly were unknown to me. The star, a fellow by the name of Andrew Garfield, played Desmond Doss, the true story of a man who joined the Army during WWII but he refused to even hold a rifle. He wanted to be a battlefield medic, to save lives, rather than take them. He was a conscientious objector, but wanted to serve rather than stay at home.
The story follows Doss thru his childhood, into the Army and thru flashbacks we learn why he refuses to even hold a gun. It takes us thru his treatment among his fellow soldiers and his subsequent Court Marshall trial.
No need to go into the who's and hows, but Doss and his platoon are now on Okinawa and are ordered to take this mountain top, Hacksaw Ridge. The Army has been trying to secure this for many tries and now it was our turn. Again, I won't go into detail about the ensuing battle, as you really have to see it for yourself, but to cut to the chase. After they retreat off the summit. Doss is behind, trying to care for the many wounded. In one night, amid swarms of Japanese, he goes about saving 75 men, lowering them to safety below. For this act of heroism, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the only conscientious objector, in the history of our Armed Services, to receive this honor.
Myself, I never heard of hacksaw Ridge, but it was supposed to be one of the bloodiest battles in the entire war, I never heard of Desmond Doss, but I can truly say I will never forget this story.
So bottom line, this movie is a war movie. Spielberg set the tone with Saving Private Ryan, for what war is REALLY like, and this movie spares nothing. There is blood, there is gore, there is everything that one would see in a battle like this, or any battle in a war, for that matter. It is NOT for anyone squeamish, not for any children or young adults. It is VERY realistic of war, so be prepared for that.
I just have to add my own opinion here. I have watched movies my entire life. I would say Westerns are still my favs, and then come war movies. I have seen them all. As I said in my review of Lawrence of Arabia, the need, in today's movies, to show EVERYTHING, well, I sometimes wonder about that. In every war themed movie, basically up to Saving Private Ryan, war was war, people died--good people, but they were never shown with their guts hanging out. We knew war was rough but now the need to show war as it truly is, I don't know if that is a good thing or not. Myself, I have been to Viet Nam in wartime. I never saw a lot action, but saw some of the devastation from it. Movies like this show you everything any soldier would see in an actual battle. Is it a movie to try and prevent wars and their terrible effect? I don't know. Would I have liked this movie more if it weren't so graphic, Maybe. My point is, do they have to show all this graphic gore to make you feel that you understand what is happening? Myself, I think less is better. We all get the point.
I highly recommend this movie, but be prepared.