This is the Gradebook for Hacksaw Ridge
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Ashley Menzel: Hacksaw Ridge (9/10)
Hacksaw Ridge (9/10) Hacksaw Ridge is bloody, gory, violent, jarring, and disturbing, as it should be. War isn’t kind or beautiful, but horrifying and deadly. Hacksaw Ridge, sporting a crowning performance by Andrew Garfield is a story that begs to be told. A man, so strong in his convictions, and in his love for humankind puts his life in danger with only the possibility of saving another person. The story is powerful, and the performances are great, but we must remember that it is a true story; so we must also celebrate the incredible real human being behind the story: Mr. Desmond Doss. That in itself is astounding.
Nick Casaletto: Hacksaw Ridge (8/10)
If you can get passed the cliched and formulaic first act that is at times painful to get through, Hacksaw Ridge deliveries on many other levels for the following of its runtime. Andrew Garfield is a revelation as real life hero, Desmond Doss, a WWII medic who saved over 70 lives and yet never fired a weapon. The war sequences are scary and realistic, showcasing that war is indeed Hell. Nothing is glorified with the war scenes, and while it’s certainly not for the faint of heart, you can’t help put admire Mel Gibson’s passion for the material he is presented with. The film can be a bit preachy at times, and the dialogue is someone’s cringeworthy, but Hacksaw Ridge is a must see for film fans and fans of the war genre.
Zachary Marsh: Hacksaw Ridge (10/10)
If Hacksaw Ridge isn’t on your radar, I strongly recommend you getting it on there now. It’s well-acted, well-shot, well-written, relentlessly violent, and manages to balance emotions and genres enough to feel as organic as it could be. It has a couple of minor technical problems, as well as the unexplained whereabouts of one character after he “leaves” the story, but I’m able to look past those tiny problems because of how much everything else around them works. Say what you will about Mel Gibson as a person, but don’t let that affect whether or not you see this. It doesn’t matter your religion, skin color, gender, sexual preference, or any other type of label that differentiates you from someone else. If you are a human being, and you want to see what it looks like to be a genuinely kind person, then I highly recommend seeing this film. I implore you to go out of your way to see it as a way to honor and celebrate the memory of one of the bravest individuals to ever grace this world’s land and soil.
Tony Estrada: Hacksaw Ridge (8.5/10)
Hacksaw Ridge shows that Mel Gibson still has what it takes to be a great director especially when it comes to the brutal war action sequences. Andrew Garfield as well as the rest of the cast truly give it their all. It truly is an incredible story seeing what Desmond Doss had to go through in order for himself to stand by his own religious beliefs by never using a gun out at war. Some of the dialogue is very corny and there’s a couple of scenes during the war sequences that come off as corny too but that doesn’t stop the power of this inspirational story. Hacksaw Ridge is one of the best movies of the year with stellar direction, great performances, sharp writing, tremendous cinematography, and intense war sequences to show that war is horrifying.
Mark Krawczyk: Hacksaw Ridge (7/10)
I think if this was not based on true events it would be a harder sell. I did enjoy the direction of the film for the most part. The performances were about what you would expect for a film of this type. The third act involving the battle was extremely gory and violent. I had no problem with this. It made for an intense experience and reminded me of 80s Vietnam films. I also thought the dialog was the best during this part of the film. The conversations earlier in the film felt cliche. In fact, most of the first act and into the second felt like every other war film. Vince Vaughn I think was miscast. It is a very uplifting story, the script could have used some polish. It felt like it was trying too hard in spots to get its message across. Overall it is a very moving picture and the core story is amazing considering it actually happened. I just think the script needed to be improved and some of the casting choices could have been better.
Bryan Sudfield: Hacksaw Ridge (9.5/10)
Mel Gibson is back, ladies and gentlemen! This is one of the year’s best films and one of the best war films that I’ve ever seen. I can say that this film has the best war sequences I’ve witnessed since Saving Private Ryan. The performances from everyone are fantastic, especially Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, whose story is so engaging & compelling that I felt I was on this journey with him and his fellow soldiers. The pacing is just right for a film like this and the cinematography is gorgeous, as Hacksaw looks like it was shot in the ’70s with better equipment and a bigger budget. I highly recommend this as something everyone should go see, especially if you’re wondering if Gibson can make a comeback as a filmmaker.
Daniel Rester: Hacksaw Ridge (9/10)
Possibly not since Saving Private Ryan has such a brutally realistic portrayal of war been placed on the screen like that in Hacksaw Ridge. The film lacks all forms of subtlety, and is even occasionally corny in its first half, but it’s still a powerhouse and another great achievement for Mel Gibson as a director — proving once again that no one crafts close-quarters violence in film quite like him. Andrew Garfield gives arguably the best performance of his career, and the supporting cast by him is stellar as well. Hacksaw Ridge also contains some lovely bits of romance and humor along the way. This is one of the year’s finest films, though it’s not quite on the same level as Gibson’s masterpieces Braveheart and Apocalypto.
Average We Live Entertainment Gradebook Score for Hacksaw Ridge: 8.9/10
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