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No. 0     Original Topic:  Hacksaw Ridge   
By:  Grace595   Gender: F   Age: 56   on  Oct 7, 2016 at 7:29 AM   Viewed 3934 times     






No. 1     Reply: Re: Hacksaw Ridge   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Apr 6, 2017 at 3:34 PM     
I somewhat liked it, but never found it all that intriguing. A movie I could do without seeing, although I applaud the effort to honor an American war hero.

The effort to be realistic was over done, to the point it portrays what is unrealistic.
No. 2     Reply: Re: Re: Hacksaw Ridge   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jul 23, 2017 at 10:05 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

I somewhat liked it, but never found it all that intriguing. A movie I could do without seeing, although I applaud the effort to honor an American war hero.

The effort to be realistic was over done, to the point it portrays what is unrealistic.


It was actually pretty accurate. All most all details were right on. The way he saved all those men for one. Plus even greater than how it was depicted, he was actually hit by sniper fire too, and continued to save lives. I struggle with gore and blood shed so it was pretty graphic for me.... but wow, what a true hero.
No. 3     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Hacksaw Ridge   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 24, 2017 at 1:08 AM     
Kari wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

I somewhat liked it, but never found it all that intriguing. A movie I could do without seeing, although I applaud the effort to honor an American war hero.

The effort to be realistic was over done, to the point it portrays what is unrealistic.


It was actually pretty accurate. All most all details were right on. The way he saved all those men for one. Plus even greater than how it was depicted, he was actually hit by sniper fire too, and continued to save lives. I struggle with gore and blood shed so it was pretty graphic for me.... but wow, what a true hero.


An accurate and detailed depiction can be totally different aspects from a realistic depiction. I do not doubt Desmond Doss' was a hero. I am not attempting to say what was portrayed as happening did not happen, the movie simply portrays much that may have happened in an unrealistic manner.

An article in "The Guardian" suggests that Mel Gibson appears to have never visited the real Hacksaw Ridge.
Gibson's portrayal of Hacksaw Ridge depicts the scrubby little Okinawan hill as something far larger and more dramatic than it really it is. Those that have actually been to Hacksaw Ridge and know the history of the event state that Gibson's movie set simply owes a large debt to imagination. Gibson apparently took creative license in depicting a wall as being 3 times higher and the battlefield more than twice the length it actually was. With some suggesting he took such latitude with much more.

It has been stated by those that know the facts of Hacksaw Ridge, they hope movie goers are moved enough to pick up a book and learn the true story, and keep the real history of Desmond Doss alive. The movie is based on a true story, but much latitude was taken in sharing the story. Incidents are presented in the movie that are not accurate or even factual.

Although Doss was supposedly quite a modest man taking no efforts to highlight himself, what he shares differs with what the military gives him credit for, indicating the military reports share him doing considerably more than he admits to doing. The military reports are stated as being a "compromise" differing from what Desmond Doss states happened.

Regardless, I still believe Doss was a true American hero. It is not that what is portrayed is not all factual to the letter that rubs me wrong. I simply feel the effort to portray realism was way over done to the point it appears not real. As if the primary effort was to produce a movie for the Imax 3D screens or whatever one wants to call them, versus providing a movie sharing an event more "realistically". Gibson himself has stated he held back facts in an effort to not make the incident appear unrealistic, but it appears he over shared imagination and did achieve the appearance of unrealistic.

Then again, I am sure those in the midst of fighting for their life and the lives of others, certainly find it extremely surreal. It is the manner in which the story was shared I criticize. To the point it takes away from the facts, importance and meaning for me. My primary desire with a movie like this is to be enlightened, not entertained with "ooh! and awh!".
No. 4     Reply: Re: Hacksaw Ridge   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jul 25, 2017 at 10:00 PM     
Doss was a meek mannered man. He said he thought he had saved 50 men from the ridge... his commander said he thought it was more like 100... so they compromised on 75.

They always embellish any movie, I agree. I was pointing out that though minor conversations or reactions were at the discretion of the director... the facts of the film were right on. I watched "this is your life" with Ralph Edwards.... on youtube after I I saw the movie. it was the original airing of the episode where they honored Doss. He was so passive it was shocking. Yet a strong air about him... his faith never wavered. his stand remained the same.

I so wish I would see typos before I hit post... argh