The Passion of the Christlike: Hacksaw Ridge, reviewed.


My NPR review of Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson’s new movie about World War II conscientious objector and Medal of Honor recipient Desmond T. Doss, is here.

I cut my original lede, figuring y’all know who Gibson is:

Filmmaker Mel Gibson has two obsessions: Grisly violence and martyrdom. Twenty years ago, he won an Oscar for directing Braveheart, a stirring ahistorical epic about a 13th-century Scottish revolutionary who raged against his English oppressors until he was captured and disemboweled. He followed that with The Passion of the Christ, the highest-grossing R-rated film ever made despite having no English dialogue — in his four-star review, Roger Ebert called it “the most violent film I have ever seen” —  and Apocalypto, an 16th century adventure featuring a cast of unknown faces (none white) and more subtitles. By then, Gibson’s keen instincts as a visual storyteller had become as hard to ignore as the hate speech that had begun to spew from his mouth with alarming regularity.

One response to “The Passion of the Christlike: Hacksaw Ridge, reviewed.

  1. Hey Man,

    I’m a huge fan. I always look forward to your reviews. Caught a typo. Fifth paragraph: “His Medal of Honor citation goes on the describe several other instances when the 24-year-old PFC ignored his own safety to render aid to others in the weeks that followed.”

    I’m @snarkofnight on Twitter. I caught an error in your Jack Reacher review from about a week ago. I’m an aspiring make-good-use-of-my-english-degreer in NYC. I have experience copy editing and proofreading (and not just pestering you). If you ever need a second set of eyes to give a piece a once over, I’d be more than happy to help. If nothing else, it’d give me an excuse to take a break from writing cover letters.


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