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In Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson tells the story of a WWII soldier who refuses to kill. Nicholas Barber finds out if it’s any good.
Hacksaw Ridge must be the most quintessentially Mel Gibson-y film that Mel Gibson has ever made. Like so many of the projects he has had a hand in, it features plenty of rigid Christianity, plenty of entrail-splattering violence, and zero subtlety.
It even harks back to his youth in Australia: most of the actors are Australian, and it was shot in New South Wales. The one Gibson trademark that’s missing is the craziness that has enlivened so much of his work both in front of and behind the camera, from his live-wire performance in Mad Max to his ancient dialogue in the last two films he directed, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.....
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