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Hacksaw Ridge review

Posted : 1 week, 3 days ago on 12 June 2017 10:13

Brilliant movie would recommend , very gory very exciting .............................................................................................................................................................


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Hacksaw Ridge review

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 April 2017 02:47

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A very good movie

Posted : 3 months, 3 weeks ago on 1 March 2017 10:05

Even though Mel Gibson has been rather struggling as an actor ever since his return in 2010, many argued that he made a major come-back as a director with this movie which he directed 10 years after the really underrated 'Apocalypto'. Indeed, this movie was apparently so good that it is considered by many as one of the best movies released in 2016. Well, to be honest, I have to admit that it actually took me a while to really get into this story. Indeed, before watching the damned thing, I didn't watch a trailer and I didn't even read a synopsis so, at first, I thought it would be another rather straightforward tale of a young man going to war like so many others I have seen before. Obviously, it was really pleased that, for once, it was actually dealing with a medic, a guy who refused to even hold a rifle. Indeed, we never talk about them but those guys are just crucial in a battle and most of them are just heroes, even maybe more than all these soldiers trying to kill as many enemies as possible. For Andrew Garfield, 2016 was quite a banner year after his already impressive performance in 'Silence'. To conclude,  Mel Gibson has made a name as a director after making some really violent movies and, this time, even if he still delivered some gruesome but impressive battle scenes, he decided to focus on the least violent soldier but also the most courageous and inspiring man ever witnessed on a battlefield and the end-result was just really impressive.


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"Hacksaw Ridge" Review

Posted : 3 months, 3 weeks ago on 27 February 2017 10:59

"Hacksaw Ridge" o "Hasta el Ultimo Hombre" es la ultima película dirigida por Mel Gibson, polémico director responsable de filmes como "La Pasión de Cristo" y "Corazón Valiente". En esta ocasión, el hombre quiso recrear una historia que tomo lugar en la segunda guerra mundial sobre un héroe que logro rescatar 79 soldados durante conflicto enemigo sin tocar ni una sola arma. La película comienzo con un pequeño trasfondo dando a conocer las razones de porque el protagonista posee dichas creencias. Me pareció algo bastante creíble, era un chico cristiano desde el inicio pero lo que le ocurrió tiene sentido al ser un niño. Considero que el protagonista esta bien construido en lo que es su personalidad, aunque me choca un poco  el carisma que tiene, pues no es como que su vida hasta ese momento haya sido muy alegre, pero fuera de eso, el protagonista es un buen personaje y se agradece que no haya caído en el típico problema de las adaptaciones históricas de dejar de lado a los personajes y enfocarse únicamente en los sucesos. Hablando de eso, gran parte de la primera mitad de la película es para visualizar la vida de Desmond (El protagonista), así como sus interacciones con su familia y su primer amor. Ya empezando con algo negativo, el hermano de Desmond, si bien cumple la función de crear la motivación del prota, es muy dejado de lado posteriormente, pues se muestra que el también se inscribió como soldado, pero después de eso no vemos que ocurrió con el, hubiera sido interesante ver a los dos hermanos en la guerra juntos, y si se que esto esta basado en una historia real y no puede irse por la tangente, pero sentí que este personaje fue bastante desaprovechado cuando pudo tener mas potencial. Por otro lado esta el romance, el cual sorprendente mente supieron como construir y manejar de manera que sea lindo ver a la pareja, y si bien esto sirve como motivación para Desmond, siento que no fue una parte muy necesaria en la película y que pudo haber sido invertido en algo de mayor peso, pero bueno, al menos aquí el romance SI se siente orgánico. Ya dejando de lado la primera mitad, me queda por decir que la subtrama del padre alcohólico fue bastante bien manejada, y me gusto su pequeño desarrollo mostrando le a su hijo que lo apoya a pesar de todo lo malo que han pasado juntos.

  Ya entrando a la parte de la guerra, como ya muchos han dicho, la película hace un gran trabajo representando la guerra. Las escenas empiezan rápidamente y son brutalmente crudas, mostrando algo que normalmente pudo haber sido censurado. Bien podría etiquetar esto como algo negativo y como un intento de shock, pero es una película sobre guerra y lo mínimo que pueden hacer es presentarla adecuadamente, también utilizan el sonido de una gran manera. En cuanto a los demás miembros del ejercito, no son los personajes mas memorables que encontraras, pero varios de ellos si terminan siendo agradables y algunos hasta graciosos durante la fase de entrenamiento, haciendo que el tono trágico de la película no sea tan invasivo. El general me pareció un buen personaje y su cambio en base a lo que Desmond logro es bastante bueno de ver, así también como aquel soldado que golpeo al protagonista llamándolo cobarde para luego arrepentirse y tratar de remediar lo que hizo. 

 Otro detalle que me gusto es el de las alucinaciones del protagonista, pues me imagino que en un escenario como ese donde tu vida esta en juego, es normal que uno desarrolle paranoia hacia el entorno. Como aspecto negativo podría señalar que hay algo de "Protección Argumental" para el protagonista, brindándole ciertas situaciones convenientes para evitar su muerte. Por suerte, esto no sucede taaanto en la película por lo que no llega a ser molesto.

 Ahora, hay otros dos detalles de porque la película no me pareció una obra maestra. Por un lado esta el hecho de que el conflicto no se explore mucho, ya se que la película en si es sobre la hazaña de Desmond y no tanto sobre la guerra en si, pero aun así hubiera sido un poco mas orgánico el presentar a los japoneses también, aunque sea en algunas pequeñas escenas, en lugar de solo dejarlos como los malos. Aun así, no los caracterizan realmente como unos villanos caricaturescos, e incluso al final se ve que entienden que perdieron y se rinden honoríficamente. El otro punto negativo es el final, el cual no es del todo malo, pero después de la gran hazaña de Desmond y el ataque final, se ve que el protagonista es cargado fuera del conflicto herido, diciéndole que regresara a casa y podemos ver su sonrisa, pero después de eso no hay una conclusión general con las relaciones que el protagonista tenia en su vida normal, debieron haber mostrado un poco mas, pues el final se queda algo corto. Aun si me gusto el detalle de incluir la entrevista con el verdadero Desmond Doss y ver algunos diálogos de la película dichos realmente por las personas en carne y hueso.

 En conclusión, la película hace un buen trabajo presentando la historia del protagonista, así como la guerra y entrega un buen mensaje sin llegar a ser propaganda religiosa. Una buena película de Mel Gibson y espero que esto le ayude a dirigir alguno nuevo en un futuro.



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Hacksaw Ridge

Posted : 4 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 February 2017 11:38

Desmond Doss’ story is unique, and deserves to be told for the bravery and emotional commitment to his deeply held beliefs. However, Mel Gibson, an actor/director who practically licks his lips and pleasures himself to mosaics of carnage, is not the right voice to bring that material to life. Hacksaw Ridge is a mess, a film that all but pins a permanent halo around Andrew Garfield’s adorable face while gleefully taking pleasure in its scenes of violence. Call it pious gore porn for the fundamentalist Christian set.

 

The same brigade of Academy voters who ushered in large nomination scores for American Sniper and Bridge of Spies, both sleepy, tedious films that conservative dad and/or uncle types love, dropped six nominations into this film’s lap. I get the sound awards, maybe even the editing, but this is one of the best-directed movies of the year? This is one of the best pictures of 2016?

 

I can’t entirely begrudge Andrew Garfield’s nomination since he has to make this thing work, and he tries his best. He never condescends to the character; in fact, he invests Doss with a sense of religious purpose and truth. Garfield’s innately sweet face brings sincerity to any character that he plays, but it feels awkward that this would be his career-first nomination. He was so tremendous in The Social Network, wonderfully doomed in Red Riding: 1974, part of a terrific trio of delicate performances in Never Let Me Go, and won a BAFTA for Boy A. It was just a matter of time before AMPAS finally bestowed him with a nomination, but it is a shame that it took him talking like Huckleberry Hound in a disingenuous piece of gore porn to finally get one.

 

The film’s failure to engage with the material in any meaningful way is present from the earliest scenes, in this case flashbacks to the abusive childhood Doss endured. These scarring childhood episodes are presented in all the creamy tones of a Norman Rockwell painting. We don’t see Doss question or engage with his father’s drunken antics, his mother’s ridiculous piety, and his family’s religious zealotry in any thoughtful way. There’s no depth, just a vague sense of our hero as a Messiah-in-training.

 

Then the film switches to the titular location, and out comes Gibson’s lascivious treatment of violence. Here’s a film extolling the virtues of a conscientious objector while furiously masturbating to images of soldiers having their brains shot out, getting blown up, set aflame. The bloodlust is strong, strong enough to make me recoil in deep discomfort as it parallels these images with Doss in Christ-like imagery and baptismal symbolism.

 

I wonder if another director would have questioned whether or not Doss’ deep religious beliefs and patriotism are compatible, and how they are instead of just paying lip service to all of it. Even worse is just how terrible some of the dialog is. It dumps its themes and ideas in all caps letters, practically bolded above the heads of the characters. At least cinematography of Simon Duggan keeps unfurling a series of beautiful images to distract you from the stupidity of what’s falling out of the characters mouths. There’s a better movie to be made out of the parts of Hacksaw Ridge, but Gibson isn’t the director to bring it to the screen. The darker and more interesting questions and implications seem out of his reach, and this leaves it slightly inept. It’s more interesting to talk about Doss and his true story then it is to talk about the film made out of his life.



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Hacksaw Ridge review

Posted : 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 31 January 2017 11:59

The best Gibson. In his extremely high clue, after a long exposition of peace and civilization values in the US, with romance and all that things; quickly it reaches literally a 'high plain' of violence and blood and Desmond heroics. So well done and filmed that the last imge od Desmond floating int he air feels natural. Y deplore Gibson conservative values, but the film is fucking coherent.


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Hacksaw Ridge review

Posted : 5 months ago on 23 January 2017 07:27

Notes:
*I saw the trailer for this and honestly wasn't too sure what to expect from it.
*After hearing nothing but positive word of mouth I decided to go ahead and check it out.
*It has a great cast anyways which is a plus.
*Besides that Mel Gibson is a pretty damn good director usually.
*I've never heard of the writers, but I wanted to see The Water Diviner which happens to be written by Andrew Knight.
*Now time to go see if this is any good.

Pros:
*The acting was excellent!
*The people were interesting and likable.
*I was surprised by Vince Vaughn here.
*It's quite an incredible tale of bravery.
*The story is all around very captivating.
*Mel Gibson still shows he has great skills behind the camera.

Cons:
*I would have liked to know what happened with everyone after the events.

Verdict:
This was an incredible movie about courage and bravery. It was probably one of the most graphic depictions of war that may be hard for some to watch. You gotta respect people who do these kinds of things. It has a great mixture of drama, romance, and intensity. I would highly recommend checking this one out. Just not for the weak stomached.


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Gripping, emotive war film

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 November 2016 11:26

"With the world so set on tearing itself apart, don't seem like such a bad thing to me to want to put a little bit of it back together."

With Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto under his directorial belt, Mel Gibson's track record as a filmmaker is second to none, and thankfully his staggering winning streak is confidently maintained with 2016's Hacksaw Ridge. Even though a decade has elapsed since Gibson's Apocalypto, he makes his return behind the camera without missing a beat, showing yet again why he seriously needs the opportunity to direct more movies. A stunningly vivid World War II picture, Hacksaw Ridge dramatises the heroic story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), who determinedly set out to serve his country without ever picking up a weapon. Almost impossibly, Gibson transforms what could have been a preachy religious fable into a frequently gripping and emotive war film.




As a young boy, Desmond learned a valuable lesson about the true impact of violence when he nearly killed his brother, and, as a consequence, grows up to be a deeply religious, God-fearing man. Managing to court endearing nurse Dorothy (Teresa Palmer), Desmond chooses to enlist in the United States Army with his brother Harold (Nathaniel Buzolic), much to the dismay of their alcoholic father Tom (Hugo Weaving), who lost all of his friends in battle during WWI. Sent to basic training, Desmond proves to be an excellent recruit, but refuses to participate in rifle training as he sticks to his religious and moral beliefs, aspiring to serve only as a combat medic. This frustrates his platoon staff, with Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) and Captain Glover (Sam Worthington) hoping to break Desmond, while fellow recruits perceive him as a liability who might get them all killed. But Desmond's resolve cannot be broken, and after his training he's sent to battle in the Pacific theatre with the rest of his company. Desmond is really put to the test during the vicious battle of Hacksaw Ridge, where he remains determined to save as many men as he possibly can.

The screenplay, which was originally penned by Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace, has ample backstory to work through, and it's critical to note that this is more of a biography of Desmond as opposed to a more simplistic war movie. Despite a hefty 130-minute runtime, not a single frame feels superfluous here - if anything, the movie could've been longer. Every scene serves a purpose, developing Desmond's character, his romance with Dorothy and his home life, on top of depicting his experiences in the military. And miraculously, thanks to smart pacing and focused filmmaking, none of the build-up feels like homework. Additionally, whereas most dramas these days are grim and dour, Hacksaw Ridge is imbued with glorious gallows humour which feels entirely organic to the story and characters. Real-life soldiers do constantly crack jokes due to the nature of their job, after all, and Gibson recognises this. To be sure, not much dimension is given to the Japanese side, but such an angle is simply not necessary - it would have added too much narrative flab, and above all taken away from the story's central focus. The movie does observe Desmond being kind to the wounded Japanese, which is sufficient in this aspect.




Gibson is no stranger to war movies, but this is the filmmaker's first time tackling more modern warfare, with guns and canons rather than the swords and sandals of Braveheart. Frankly, it's a match made in cinematic heaven, leaving us to wonder why the hell it took so long for him to tackle this sort of thing. The combat sequences are a perfect fit for Gibson's ultraviolent tendencies, and he absolutely goes for broke here. Working with the freedom of an R rating, the notoriously bloody Battle of Okinawa is done justice on-screen, with the viscerally exciting bloodshed even topping the genre's granddaddy, 1998's Saving Private Ryan, in terms of sheer realism. Gibson underscores the fragility of human life on the battlefield, showing bodies being obliterated by explosions and bullets, yet it's executed with enough tact to prevent the movie from feeling like tasteless gore porn. Gibson does play up aspects of the fighting for dramatic effect, and there is some use of slow motion to underscore the gore and brutality, but it all works in the context of this story, and above all makes for thoroughly riveting viewing. Gibson thankfully relies more on practical effects, which creates a tangible aesthetic. It's apparent that some digital effects were used for blood, but it's never distracting or phoney. Hacksaw Ridge looks like a big-budget, $100 million blockbuster with its rich period detail and slick technical presentation, yet it was achieved for a scant $40 million.

Even though shooting on celluloid usually generates a richer cinematic texture for period films of this ilk, Simon Duggan's digital photography here is stunning nevertheless, and impeccably complemented by the exceptional original score by Rupert Gregson-Williams. The battle sequences are captured with gorgeous finesse and steady camerawork, demonstrating that shaky-cam is not always needed in flicks like this, and allowing us to take in what's happening on-screen without getting a migraine. Contrary to what some of the foolish critics have decried, the graphic bloodshed is wholly necessary here, solidifying the story's core anti-war message, and above all emphasising Doss' sheer bravery on the battlefield. Indeed, watering down the violence would only dilute the movie's impact. Hacksaw Ridge is an unforgettable experience, inspecting Desmond's faith and love for God through his actions in battle, with nothing in the way of tedious sermonising.




Garfield was an awful Spider-Man, but he's superb as Desmond Doss, showing that his capable performances in 99 Homes and The Social Network were not just flukes. Espousing a thick but nevertheless convincing Southern accent, Garfield fully encompasses the role and never loses focus. Alongside him, Australian actress Palmer is endearing as Desmond's love interest, and it really works in the film's favour that the central romance is both believable and easy to become invested in. Meanwhile, Worthington makes for a believable military captain despite his inconsistent accent, and Vaughn steals his every scene as a dedicated sergeant. Vaughn has never had much luck in dramatic roles (True Detective, Psycho), but his character here is gifted with an arsenal of one-liners, and his towering figure lends him further credibility. Also worth mentioning is Weaving, who turns in a remarkable performance as Thomas Doss, essaying a pained alcoholic with impressive assurance. There's nary a weak link on the acting front, despite the distinct shortage of American thespians.

Affecting and powerful, Hacksaw Ridge is the movie of the year. It may be early into Oscar season, but there's no chance it will not be beaten - it's the greatest motion picture of 2016, and one of the best movies of the decade. The story of Desmond Doss absolutely needed to be told, and it's satisfying to behold such a phenomenal motion picture after many decades of attempts to get it made. Hacksaw Ridge may be corny at times, but Gibson commits to the material with utmost sincerity. The movie even closes with archival footage and interviews of the real people of this story, which serves as an effective footnote. Hacksaw Ridge is Gibson's best movie to date, and that's a big call.

10/10



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