Hacksaw Ridge

Theatrical Release: November 4, 2016
DVD Release: February 21, 2017
Hacksaw Ridge


WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Dove Review

“Hacksaw Ridge” is a faith-based movie that features a powerful message, a gripping performance from Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss, as well as dynamic directing from Mel Gibson. The movie is based on the true story of Doss, who refused to learn to handle a gun during his basic training during World War II, but saved 75 American lives as a medic. Much of his actions included finding soldiers after battle and lowering them to safety on a rope in order for them to receive the medical care they needed. He is mocked and ridiculed at the beginning for taking on the role of conscientious objector and refusing to kill others. He is tagged a coward, but at least two men that believe that tell him later on, “I was wrong,” and he gains the respect of his entire unit. His commitment to his faith, as he often reads his Bible, is commendable. Included in the movie is the story of Doss meeting a young woman named Dorothy (Teresa Palmer), and their subsequent romance, with her telling him after he joins the Army, “You come home to me.”

The movie, in addition, features some nice writing and dialog including this comment: “During times of peace, sons bury their fathers; during times of war, fathers bury their sons.” Also, in another scene, Doss rescues an injured soldier, while praying, “Lord, give me just one more,” only to repeat this prayer and his demonstrations of heroic deeds time and again. It is a moving and integral part of the theme of the film. He is devoted to God and cares about his fellow man.

However, due to very graphic scenes of war violence, as well as rear male nudity, we are awarding the film our Faith-Based Seal, meaning it has a strong faith message but contains some objectionable content. For those that wish to watch this film for its true story of heroism and devotion to God, the message comes through. Desmond T. Doss believed God was with him and the men, even in war. And he lived like it.

Content Description

Faith: Doss, driven by his faith and religion, acts out of conviction and courage
Integrity: Doss saves many lives because of the same conviction that forbids him from carrying a weapon. Characters apologize for earlier mis-judgements.
Sex: Passionate kissing by a couple;
Language: For G*d's sake-1; Good Lord-1; H-13; H (as a place)-1; S-4; chicken S-2; D-3; da*n fool kids-1; S.O.B.-4; A-5; a*ses-3; a**hole-1; geez-1; dope-1; pi*sing-1; pi*s-1; crap-1; private idiot-1; slang for breast-1
Violence: Extremely graphic war scenes including several men hit in the head and body with bullets spurting blood; explosions; men seen with limbs missing and one with intestines exposed; bloody heads, necks and bodies; flame throwers setting men on fire; screams of wounded soldiers; grenades exploding; men with limbs missing in infirmary; boys fight; boy knocks out another boy with a brick; a man is beaten up and bruised; man cuts his hand; woman slaps man after he kisses her saying he should have asked her first; knife sticks in man's shoe; man throws over a bed in anger; injured eye seen on wounded man; very bloody faces; bloody corpses seen on truck; decapitated bloody head seen; man holds gun on father who was abusing his mother.
Drugs: Cigarette smoking in several scenes; several scenes of morphine being administered to wounded men; man drinks strong liquor.
Nudity: Man seen naked from the side and from the rear but nothing is shown; shirtless men in several scenes; shirtless men on poster.
Other: Strong tension and disagreements between characters; a boy says he hates his abusive father but as a man says he loves him; death and grief; man vomits.