Netflix movie of the day: Hacksaw Ridge is a war epic that hits without bullets

Desmond Doss drags a soldier on the battlefield in Hacksaw Ridge.
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Oscar-winning biographical war drama Hacksaw Ridge tells the remarkable true story of pacifist combat medic Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), who saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa without firing a single weapon.

Hacksaw Ridge is another acclaimed masterpiece to add to director Mel Gibson's successful movie resume, with his previous projects Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto all becoming a cultural phenomenon in the world of cinema. Hacksaw Ridge is an unflinching portrayal of the atrocities of war that features some of the most harrowing war scenes since Steven Spielberg's war epic Saving Private Ryan.

Gibson captures the relentless heroic spirit of an ordinary person caught up in war with its jaw-dropping moments and scenes that had me holding my breath. Hacksaw Ridge proves to be a memorable cinematic experience that you can relish at home on the best streaming service, which is why it very much deserves a place on our best Netflix movies list.

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A blood-soaked war epic powered by Garfield's performance

With great power comes great responsibility for Spider-Man star Garfield and he certainly has the power in Hacksaw Ridge. Garfield received a number of awards and nominations for his role as pacifist hero Desmond Doss, including his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

His acting ability proved to be a powerhouse amongst critics, with Empire writing: "Occasionally soapy on the homefront but cataclysmic in combat, this is a worthy addition to the WWII canon. Garfield underpins it all with skill, showing that sometimes, war can be humanising too."

The Guardian wrote in their review: "It is a story of courage, robustly told by director Mel Gibson with screenwriters Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight, who create a brutally, even unwatchably violent picture of war. Garfield himself delivers a sympathetic, plausible performance: more mature and substantial than his contribution to Martin Scorsese’s Silence." also shared their admiration for Garfield's honest portrayal, revealing: "For a long time you think Doss is an idealized figure, free of neuroses and complications. But after a while you see the darkness in him, and you believe it exists because of the thoughtful way Garfield has prepared you."

Hacksaw Ridge is another notch in Gibson's directing belt which deserves to be watched by millions.

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After graduating with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, Grace dived into the world of entertainment where she started writing all about the must-watch shows and movies at What To Watch. Now Grace is on her next writing adventure at TechRadar, where she uses her expertise to help readers keep up to date on the biggest TV shows and movies in the ever-changing world of streaming. If she’s not writing about her passion for entertainment, you’ll find her watching reality shows while feasting on chocolate.