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Hacksaw Ridge: Movie Review


Hacksaw Ridge is a multi-award-winning biographical war drama that tells the story of Desmond Doss, a World War II hero who renounced his beliefs of anti-violence that did not allow him to carry a gun. This analytic review considers quality elements and evaluates the effectiveness of the movie as a genre. The film is able to capture wonderful battle sequences with balanced shadow and color. What makes it so suitable for its genre is the comprehensive attempt to narrate the life of Desmond Doss and especially the years that are historically significant in his life. Hacksaw Ridge perfectly uses cultural stereotypes to introduce and shape the character of Desmond Doss and especially challenges what it means to be at war.




A brief summary of the plot

Thesis statement

Movie Quality

Excellent cinematography

Outstanding Shorts with minimal CGI

Proper use of light and precision

Metaphorical shots

Effectiveness as a biographical film

The comprehensible narration of the character’s life

Spot on dramatization

Adequate depiction for a male biopic

Criteria of excellence used in the evaluation of the film

Ability to dramatize the character’s life while still able to maintain authenticity.

Film quality

Appropriate stretching of the truth for purposes of dramatization

How Hacksaw Ridge challenges cultural expectations of how people should behave.

The use of cultural stereotypes to shape the character of Desmond Doss contrary to popular belief

Possible reaction from the audience

Elements of a proper biographical film


Brody, Richard. “Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge ?: Religious Pomp Laced with Pornographic Violence.” The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2016,

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