I got to see the final cut of “Hacksaw Ridge” last night with a large Adventist crowd. Lots of laughter and cheering and clapping throughout. Lots of Adventist “Easter Eggs” in the movie–subtle references that SDAs will pick up on (like the first time he ties the double bowline, and when he puts it into action–not a spoiler, you know that will be there). A fun movie in many ways.
Some language cleaned up as a result of the previews — some still there. This is a graphic and gory R-rated movie that is not for children. Don’t take a Pathfinder club there. The story is truncated — it only tells of the key event mentioned in his MOH citation. But you get the idea.
Gibson’s interpretative points are interesting–I’m going to write a blog post about that another time. Comparisons can be made with both “The Passion of the Christ,” “Braveheart,” and “We Were Soldiers.”