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 win the Congressional Medal of Honor.
|Release Date||:||November 4, 2016|
|Genres||:||Drama, History, War|
|Production Company||:||Icon Productions, Permut Presentations, Pandemonium, Cross Creek Pictures, Vendian Entertainment, Demarest Media|
|Production Countries||:||Australia, United States of America|
|Writers||:||Gregory Crosby, Robert Schenkkan, Randall Wallace|
|Casts||:||Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn, Ryan Corr, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Pegler, Firass Dirani, Goran D. Kleut, Nathaniel Buzolic, Ori Pfeffer, Matthew Nable, Jacob Warner, Richard Pyros, Ben Mingay, Harry Greenwood, Damien Thomlinson, Robert Morgan, Milo Gibson, John Batziolas, John Cannon, Mikael Koski, Charles Jacobs, Ben O'Toole|
|Plot Keywords||:||japan, world war ii, biography, war, conscientious objector, religion, war hero, medic, u.s. military, historical drama|
As someone from Sydney, Australia I was proud at the way this was filmed. Using the Hollywood model, there would have been lots of sets but using actual buildings allowed a lot of warmth to come through in the natural light. Gibson is a fine director, I was impressed with his framing, he shoots very closely for the acting stuff (more head and shoulder) which is quite interesting on the eye. Using more natural light it is quite beautiful. I suspect Gibson will not yet have been forgiven for his personal life to get the recognition he deserves.
This movie could have been another Forest Gump, it could overly sentimental, instead, carries an appropriate amount of sincerity. The backstory is a major part of the movie. Doss is portrayed as uneasy with the girls who fell for the first pretty thing he saw. This could have been so Forest Gump-like but strikes a nice chord.
The cast was excellent. Hugo Weaving was perfection. He carried the first half of the movie as the battle-fatigued (PTSD) WW1 vet father. Some may complain that the women are poorly portrayed as are the Japanese, who are largely like ants coming from their mound or canon fodder.
As brutal as the second half is, I am sure it could not convey how truly gallant Doss was or brutal it was in reality.