“Hacksaw Ridge” Review

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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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An inspiring story about an unconventional hero? A graphic tale of the brutality of a war? A touching and believable love story? Mel Gibson can do it all, and, believe it or not – do it brilliantly – all in the same movie. His latest film “Hacksaw Ridge” tells a true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a kind, deeply-religious young man who also happens to be a conscientious objector, enlisting to serve in an army, while having a deep conviction against the commission of violence/murder and would not even touch a gun. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, “Hacksaw Ridge” is the kind of a film which one can easily define as “great”: a moving, heart-felt story is matched by a dedicated director and a committed actor who do their work exceptionally well.

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“The Bounty” Review

The Bounty (1984)

Based on real events and adapted from a book by Richard Hough, ‘The Bounty’ tells the story of an expedition voyage of a British ship HMS Bounty to the island of Tahiti, the Pacific. Led by Captain William Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) and Master’s mate, Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson), the ship soon crosses the most dangerous waters in search of an island full of bread plants. However, the harsh discipline of the Captain on board and the attractions of the tropical paradise soon become too irresistible for the crew. The eventual mutiny on the ship, headed by Christian, is only the beginning of the adventure in which the levels of maritime skill and endurance become the ultimate factors of survival.  

It is impossible not to emphasise the cast here: apart from Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson in their respective lead roles, ‘The Bounty’ also stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the Sailing Master, Liam Neeson as the Ship’s Corporal, Philip Davis as the Midshipman and Lawrence Olivier as Admiral Hood. Some even say that it was ‘The Bounty’ which helped to rocket to stardom such distinguished actors nowadays as Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis, whose role in ‘The Bounty’ was the first most significant one in his career.

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“The Year of Living Dangerously” Review

 The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

Peter Weir’s ‘The Year of Living Dangerously’ is an underrated romantic drama set in the backdrop to Indonesia’s political unrest in the mid-1960s, when the country was making its transition to the so-called ‘New Order’. The film, therefore, was banned in Indonesia until 1999.

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