The Reel Review


This is the emotionally moving, astounding true story of US Army Medic Desmond Doss, the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II. Andrew Garfield, in what very well could be an Oscar winning performance, brings a powerful humanity to Doss, both in the film’s first half, which focuses on his struggle to remain in the army while remaining true to his personal convictions, and in the second half, which showcases his amazing heroics amidst some of the most graphic and realistic depictions of WWII battle since 1998’s Saving Private Ryan. Say what you will about Mel Gibson’s personal demons – he can still direct one heck of a movie. Hugo Weaving is outstanding as Doss’ father too. The amazing ending, and its archival interview with Doss, will choke you up. One of the year’s best.

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