Yeah, I realize that it’s been an extremely long time since I used my WordPress site, but here we are.
We saw #HacksawRidge last night (Tuesday, 11/1/16) on a pre-screening. Since a friend or two asked on Facebook for our opinion, I thought that I’d share on various social outlets.
Mel Gibson does a really good job in the “first two acts” of developing the character of Desmond Doss, why he was a conscientious objector, and what it might have been like to be a CO in WW2. Act 3 is the battle, and it’s typical Gibson violence (extremely graphic and gratuitous). At least 20 minutes are nothing but bullets, flame throwers, and hand grenades.
Given that the main character is a conscientious objector, I’m not clear why so much graphic violence is needed to tell his story. The incongruence is enough to make me believe that they created such violent scenes “just because they could” and “because it will sell a lot of tickets.” (Please don’t tell me “that’s the way battle was” because such a statement doesn’t refute my point.)
Potential viewers should balance the possibility of seeing a good story against the gut-wrenching, graphic violence for such a long period of time.