Parents' Guide to

Hacksaw Ridge

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

True story of pacifist soldier has extreme war violence.

Movie R 2016 138 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 41 parent reviews

age 15+

I really liked how realistic and sad this movie can be at times but the downside is that it is really bloody and to the point where you see open flesh, people in half, and people missing limbs. You will also see a soldiers backside.
age 15+

Wow!!!

Extremely powerful and well made movie! I had read about this guy before watching the movie and was blown away with his story! Andrew Garfield was perfect for this role and did and outstanding job! Lots of violence but does a good job at depicting WW2. Everyone needs to watch this movie at some point!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (41 ):
Kids say (121 ):

Although this WWII action drama is a technical wonder, the soul of the movie feels at odds with itself. While director Mel Gibson fairly represents Doss' pacifist principles, he also simultaneously stages another movie, a stealth movie, that presents war as a glorious character builder, a nurturing ground for male friendship, and an expression of man's nobility and grit. Yes, Gibson dutifully records the severed limbs and the moaning, wounded, hideously disfigured soldiers. War is hell, the movie says over and over again.

But, the director also reminds us, it's not without moments of nobility and magnificence -- as evidence by the gorgeous slow-motion depictions of bombs landing on human targets, bursting into awe-inspiring flames, and killing and maiming who knows how many, just to prove his point (a point he previously made in Braveheart). So it's hard not to feel like Hacksaw Ridge works as hard to undermine Doss' position as it does to support it. Many of the soldiers and officers who at first abuse and look down on Doss for his refusal to carry a gun later apologize to him after recognizing his bravery and the depth of his convictions. All of that said, Garfield does a great job playing Doss with intelligence, charm, and a believable inner spiritual life.

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