“Hacksaw Ridge”

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Rated R
2 hours 15 minutes

Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The holiday season’s hardly the time you’d expect one of the greatest, most violent war movies. “Hacksaw Ridge’ takes “war is hell” to a whole new level.

The most gruesome battle scenes intensify the true story of a courageous consciousness objector who became a world war two hero. Andrew Garfield gives an extraordinary performance putting his religious belief before bending to the hatred of those who misunderstood his motives.

Director Mel Gibson’s ferocious battle scenes capture the full intensity of the horrors of combat, during the bloody battle for control of “Hacksaw Ridge” on the island of Iwo Jima.

The combat realism is enough to make you turn your head away. But Gibson was determined to show men killing each other in all its savagery.

He’s given us an epic war movie that pulls no punches. “Braveheart” was brutal enough, but “Hacksaw Ridge” goes beyond anything we’ve seen. For all of its carnage, the message from a man without a gun is inspiring and touching..

What a movie that “Hacksaw Ridge” It’s a tremendous achievement that I hope doesn’t scare off anyone because of their aversion to graphic bloodshed.

Since I’ve just about run out of accolades, it’s a pity “Hacksaw Ridge” has to settle for only 4 stars. Best movie of the year????you’d better believe it.