THE COMMERCIAL MOVIE OF THE WEEK
HACKSAW RIDGE (2016) by Mel Gibson
I’m not going to hide that Mel Gibson is not my favorite actor or director, in fact, I’m very lazy about everything that has to do with him but I must admit that “Hacksaw ridge” raised a lot of interest due to the subject matter and, especially, to see how the director would put it on the big screen. Well, Gibson surprises during the first hour of the film stand out from his previous works in the way of address the facts and in the content, but returns by his manners towards the second part of the film and we recognize perfectly the Mel Gibson sanguinary of “Apocalypto” and involved of a halo of unbearable and unbelievable mysticism.
The story tells the life of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), the first conscientious objector in American history to receive a medal of honor for his work as a military doctor at the Battle of Okinawa. As I said before, the first part of the film focuses on the life of Desmond and the family conflicts he lives that will lead him to make the decision not to carry a weapon or to exert the violence. Traumatic events that together with his religious fervor make Desmond a man incapable of resorting to violence but, despite these strong moral convictions, the young man doesn’t hesitate to enlist to defend his country against the foreign threats that attack freedom and American morality he loves so much.
The young man’s military training began when we attended the “comic twist” introduced by Gibson in his new work, I don’t know if with the intention of emulating at the great Stanley Kubrick and his ” Full Metal Jacket” in that mythical scene where the sergeant in charge of the new recruits insults and offends verbally with great touches of wit and sarcasm. Of course, here our conscientious objector will not have the same fate as Kubrick’s “Gomer Pyle” recruit.
Following perhaps an analogy with the mythical tape of the 80, Gibson also decides that it is in the second part of the film when the facts are recrudezcan and appear the bloody and sanguinary scenes of the close combat between Americans (napalm in hand to the ” Apocalypse Now “) and Japanese who are portrayed as savage, elusive vermin and with barely a hint of humanity in them (which is reminiscent of the Mayan savages posed by the director in” Apocalypto “). It is possible to emphasize in this point the realism, the force and the horror of the war that perfectly forms in the scenes of the battle because if something is indisputable in it is that is a great narrator of stories since it does it of a simple form And almost innate.
For me Mel Gibson advances as director in the first part of the film, showing a new facet different from what we had accustomed to me, personally, I like but that falls into the error of becoming repetitive in the second part when we attended the Gibson Which we already know enough for his previous films and that only offers us gratuitous and intensified violence, yes, without lacking devotion, mysticism and love to that “Almighty God” that protects and forgives even if you are murdering at the same time That you pray.
I suppose that, after all, this is the director’s own stamp that can please and displease the public in equal parts and, ultimately, constitutes his peculiar vision of life, religion and his country.