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Most likely it will have moments of typical military movie cliches, but overall the story is amazing and I expect the movie will be too.
I remember reading about Desmond many years ago, and thought they should make a movie on him.
His religious beliefs prevented him from killing another fellow human being, a belief he held steadfast to despite being treated badly for it by his fellow soldiers. But at the same time he was still a patriot and wanted to serve his country without having to fire a weapon.
That he earned a Medal of Honor on the hellhole of Okinawa despite this belief, is testament to his courage.
We saw it yesterday: a great movie indeed. One leaves the theater awestruck by the heroic action of Desmond Doss on the top of that ridge. Of course, one is also reminded of how horrible the battle of Okinawa was.
The ending was wonderful, with clips of interviews with some of the participants, including Mr. Doss in 2003. One soldier (Mr. Glover, if I recall the name rightly) spoke of one incident that was featured during the film: about how one badly injured soldier was telling Doss "I can't see, I'm blind", at which Doss uses water to wipe all the dirt and gore and blood off the man's face, allowing him to open his eyes and exclaim "I can see!', and giving the biggest smile imaginable. It is but a small, 30 second part of the movie, but gives one an idea of how Mr. Gibson paid attention to these small details.
Great movies are usually great due to the attention to such small details.
I saw this. I had no problems with the actors. I did have some issues with some of the melodrama. Also some questions: The rope is dripping with blood....from where? There are no bodies at the top. The ropes don't appear saturated. Is this rope stigmata? Also, the scene of the father going to the miltary tribunal is ridiculous. That would NEVER have happened. And it didn't. I also wonder how Doss would feel about how his father was portrayed. And last...what the hell was that Flashdance moment with the water!? Other than that it was great.
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