Release Date: 15 March 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Teresa Palmer
There are certain immutable facts about war, the chief amongst which is that you may be required to kill. Due to both a childhood experience and his religion – after all, “thou shalt not kill” – this didn’t sit well with young Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield). Yet he still wished to serve his country during WWII. So what to do? Become a combat medic! Easy, right? No, actually, as Doss soon discovers when he ships off to Fort Jackson for training. His refusal to touch a weapon – not to mention declining to train on Saturdays for religious reasons – sees him become the company’s outcast. Yet despite being tormented by his fellow enlistees and attempts by his army superiors to have him kicked out on psychiatric grounds, Doss remains resolute. He ends up in Okinawa, in the heat of battle, and you can likely guess how things play out… Akin to a singular Revenge of the Nerds, just without the comedy and sexism, director Mel Gibson’s tale – based on actual events – combines gritty and horrifying battle recreations with a love story and father/son politics. But ultimately it’s Garfield’s show. Highly recommended.
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