“I don’t know how I’m going to live with myself if I don’t stay true to what I believe.”
- What is this movie about?
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
- Why should you watch it?
Mel Gibson is back! And not in front of the screen but behind it! And we already know that what he does with the camera sometimes is way better than his performances and this film is a perfect example of it.
The story that the film is based on is an interesting if not hard to believe story, but it did really happen. Having a good story to make a movie about does not mean that the movie is going to be a good movie, is not the case of this one, as it is indeed a great movie. The story is brilliantly told, we see the evolution of the main character, his childhood, his preparation for war and the point of it all, when he is at war, what he does, how he does it and at some point we learn why he does all this no weapon thing.
The camera follows the main actor, Andrew Garfield, wherever he goes. it’s a smooth movement that keeps us attached to the main character. Andrew does a fantastic work in this movie, which proves that he is an actor with potential so it looks like that we will hear more from him (and that he has obtained an Oscar nomination for this role just proves it).
At some point you will smell in the air a big of “Saving Private Ryan”, because it is how it is made, but instead of somebody trying to find a private and to rescue him, in here is the private who is doing all the rescuing, which is simply impressive when you think it really happened, maybe not that way exactly, but it doesn’t make it less incredible.
An entertaining movie where you will learn what a real hero is without the need of special powers or spandex outfits. Because heroes really exist and here is an example to learn about one of them while being entertained.
- Did you know?
– When asked how many lives he saved, Desmond T. Doss said approximately 50. However, witnesses said it was closer to 100. A mutual agreement was reached at approximately 75.
– According to director Mel Gibson, Desmond T. Doss’s son Desmond Jr. attended the screening and was moved tears by Andrew Garfield’s accurate portrayal of his dad.
– The film received a standing ovation lasting nine minutes and 48 seconds at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016. Mel Gibson timed it himself.
– Film debut of Milo Gibson. NOTE: He is the son of Mel Gibson, and this is the first cinematic collaboration between the two.
– One aspect that appealed to Mel Gibson in making this movie was that it contained a “real” superhero without spandex.
– Mel Gibson stated there were aspects of this event that were true but that he couldn’t include in the film because he felt people wouldn’t believe they were true: Doss stepped on a grenade to save his buddies and was hit by shrapnel, but as he was being carried away by medics he saw another soldier hurt; since Doss himself was a medic he jumped off his stretcher and treated that soldier and told the medics to take care of other wounded soldiers; he then crawled back to safety while being shot at by enemy snipers.