Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Corr, Teresa Palmer, Richard Pyros, Rachel Griffiths
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Story: Bio-war drama directed by Mel Gibson which is based on the true story about US Army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) was drafted into World War II. Raised a Seventh-day Adventist, he refused to kill or carry a weapon and, as such, became stationed as a medic.
In Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, Doss saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Verdict: Mel Gibson proves again that he is a masterful director, it may start off slow but it definitely gives one of the most realistic depictions of war action. Garfield gives an emotional and believable performance, as does pretty much every one of the supporting actors. The biggest complaint is that this movie is just a tad too long, otherwise it’s an intense and beautifully made movie.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 18)
Colonel Stelzer: What the hell is your delay, Captain?
Captain Glover: We’re waiting, sir.
Colonel Stelzer: Waiting for what!
Captain Glover: Private Doss.
Colonel Stelzer: Who the hell is Private Doss?
Desmond T. Doss: [to Dorothy] I always dreamed about being a doctor, but I’m getting out of school. I can’t stay here while all of them go fight for me.
Tom Doss: Did you figure this war is just going to fit in with your ideas?
Desmond T. Doss: While everybody is taking life I’m going to be saving it, and that’s going to be my way to serve.
[to the soldiers; referring to the rifle]
Sergeant Howell: This is a personal gift from the United States government designed to bring death to the enemy.
Desmond T. Doss: I’m sorry, sergeant, I can’t touch a gun.
Captain Glover: You don’t kill?
Desmond T. Doss: No, sir.
Captain Glover: You know, quite a bit of killing does occur in war.
[to the other soldiers]
Sergeant Howell: Private Doss does not believe in violence. Do not look to him to save you on the battlefield.
Smitty Ryker: [to Doss] I don’t think this is a question of religion, I think this is cowardice.
Dorothy Schutte: [to Doss] I fell in love with you because I thought you were unlike anyone else.
Dorothy Schutte: They’re saying you could go to prison.
Desmond T. Doss: I don’t know how I’m going to live with myself if I don’t stay true to what I believe.
Dorothy Schutte: [to Doss] You better come home to me.
Desmond T. Doss: With the world so set on tearing itself apart, it don’t seem like such a bad thing to me to want to put a little bit of it back together.
Army Judge: Private Doss, you are free to run into the hellfire of battle without a single weapon to protect yourself.
[to a wounded soldier]
Desmond T. Doss: I’m going to get you home!
Soldier: [to Glover] There’s something you got to see.
[referring to all the patched up wounded soldiers in the army med tent]
Captain Glover: Who did this?
Soldier: Pass the carrot.
Captain Glover: [to Doss] We have to go back out tomorrow. The men aren’t going to go up there without you.
Captain Glover: Most of these men don’t believe the same way you do, but they believe so much in how much you believe.
Wounded Soldier: Help me.
Desmond T. Doss: You’ll have to trust me.
[Doss buries the wounded soldier under the dirt so as to hide him from the enemy soldiers]
Desmond T. Doss: Please Lord, help me get one more. Help me get one more.
Total Quotes: 18