Film Preview: Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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(July 31, 2016) Original

Release Date:

November 4, 2016


From IMDb: “WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.”

Poster Rating: B-

Review: The tagline isn’t big enough and there aren’t enough details in the foreground or background, but from a distance, it is an imposing design, which may be why the central figure is so small in comparison.

Trailer Rating: B

Review: Mel Gibson isn’t a good director. Braveheart is simplistic and overrated. The Passion of the Christ is hollow and self-serving. The trailer for this film works simply because it’s a story we haven’t heard a lot of before. That uniqueness might give it a boost with audiences, though the faint hint of religious overtones in the trailer is surely to be over-amplified in the film itself, which might be frustrating for some viewers.

Oscar Prospects:

Mel Gibson hasn’t been a major Oscar contender since The Passion of the Christ and, before that, his Best Picture win for Braveheart twenty-one years ago. That doesn’t mean this one will be, but the buzz has already begun.

Trailer #1


Poster #1

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