Also of interest: like Sam Peckinpah, Gibson has , he has bipolar disorder and rage issues as well, and as an artist he is addicted to violence. One soldier is labeled as an exhibitionist, and we see him naked from behind as he does chin-ups in his tent. The film is staying true to the source material, however those who consider themselves Christians ought not to be naíve about this reality. My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! In the movie, no other officer steps in to stop Cunningham, and the altercation leads to Desmond being put in a holding cell before the hearing. Are you ready to take that leap of faith? Desmond Doss is a hero to every veterans, every people in nations My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! And not more than half a second later, I felt like I was sailin' through the air. I took my wife and daughter. I have seen a secular U.
The combat pays nearly as much attention to the rending, burning and perforating of flesh as it does to the hero's anguish and ingenuity. Desmond's captain in the medical corps, Captain Solomon Statman, threatened to court-martial him if he kept asking for a pass to go to church on Saturdays. A few soldiers smoke cigarettes and in one scene we see a soldier vomit. Never has the ideal of Christian humility been more beautifully or convincingly depicted on the screen than it is by in his compelling portrayal of Desmond Doss. Vince Vaughn is drop-dead hilarious as the gruff yet endearing platoon sergeant! The special effects were cringe-worthy, which is not a criticism, by any means.
Although the Gospel message is not clearly conveyed, Desmond is still a man who is not ashamed of his faith and always looks towards God for guidance and direction. His heroics didn't go unnoticed, as fellow soldiers were often amazed he was still alive. I strongly recommend this movie to all audiences with the exception of children. They protested that they did not want to see a war movie. Composed of alternating sequences of daytime and nighttime episodes, the film presents a recurring visual dichotomy that illustrates the polarizing division between wealth and poverty, spirituality and materialism, vanity and humility, selfishness and benevolence.
Many men burn to death as flamethrowers spew fire across the battlefield. They were on the lower side, but I was on the other side lookin' when they threw the thing. My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! Scripture is quoted more than once in the film, and never in a derogatory or condescending way. Some violence takes place off the battlefield, too. In the movie, Desmond's father, Tom Doss Hugo Weaving , contacts his former commanding officer who writes a letter that stops Desmond from being court-martialed a scenario that never happened in real life.
One additional scene features a very bloody leg wound when we see a young man laying on the ground in agony after a truck falls on him. Set in Virginia hill country in the '20s and '30s, it's shot in the creamy hues of a Norman Rockwell painting, and filled with earnest, Old Hollywood-styled exchanges about violence and pacifism. This comes through strongly in the relationship between Doss and fellow infantryman Smitty , a far more convincing love story than the one between Doss and his gal. The Bible does not teach pacifism the idea that killing is always wrong , which is endorsed by the main character based on his skewed interpretation of scripture. But they can't imagine the world being anything other than what it is, a place ruled by brute force and cruelty. Sergeant Howell, portrayed by Vince Vaughn in the movie, came to Desmond's tent and told him to turn in his aid kits, that he was no longer a medic.
Two days later, a call came back over the radio, they need more blood. It was the Bible she had given him before he shipped out. There are countless images of dead and wounded soldiers. I don't think I could have taken it, but he hung in there. The final assault to take the Maeda Escarpment happened on the morning of May 5, 1945, a Saturday, the day of Sabbath, which the Fourth Commandment says should be devoted to prayer.
The casting, the acting, the script, the effects—everything about this movie is perfect. I accept that there will always be mistakes in a movie; my problem is, it claimed that Desmond Doss was the first Conscientious Objector to win the medal of honour, that is wrong. Desmond feared they would be discovered. The Medal of Honor interview features Desmond opening up about his decision not to bear arms, and the This Is Your Life episode reunites him with some of his former comrades. I wonder what the real Doss, who died in 2006, would have thought of it. This film is inept and beautiful, stupid and amazing. Thousands of American and Japanese soldiers were killed, and the fact that Doss survived the battle and saved so many lives has confounded and awed those who know his story.
He is so good at playing the serious aspect of his character. Hamilton, asking if it was necessary for him to come investigate the situation with Desmond Doss. Of course Smitty loathes and torments Doss, then comes to respect and even revere him. Desmond gave up his stretcher to the man, but while waiting for help to come back, he was wounded again, this time by a sniper's bullet that shattered his left arm. So bottomline is go see the movie, if you are an adult; I would not recommend this movie for anyone under young adult age. The delay was approved up the chain of command and the assault was put on hold until Desmond finished his devotions. In its more thoughtful moments, the film treats intoxication with violence, both real and fictional, as a species-wide addiction—one that can't easily be broken.
Thank you to Mel Gibson, and everyone who had a hand in bringing this story to us. This film is fantastic and heartwarming at times. It shares that, although we may live in a corrupt and violent world, there are still plenty of good people in it, and there is a God who will never leave us or forsake us. Finally, there was the script. While lowering the men down the ridge, the Japanese had a clear shot at Desmond Doss. His sister Audrey recalled a time when they were young and Desmond went the extra mile to help victims of an accident.
One well known actor has a major supporting role in the film, and his first scene is gut-bustingly funny. As Cunningham started telling him that he was court-martialing him, another officer stepped in and told Cunningham to back off and respect what was written right there in his record. It is not mentioned in the film, but the Seventh Day Adventist Church does not believe in the existence of. Every time Doss was on their sights, the guns jammed. He preaches the virtues of nonviolence, rails against the romanticizing of war, visits the graves of childhood friends killed at the , and doesn't want Doss or his older brother Hal to enlist after Pearl Harbor. He refuses to touch any form of weapon and will not partake in any act of violence, since it goes against his beliefs.