The true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. Doss was drafted and ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life -- without firing a shot -- to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa.
This film is a gritty and gripping portrait of virtue. An accurately graphic and violent portrayal of true heroism - above and beyond the call of duty. Doss is a powerful Christ-like role model in this not-to-be-missed film for older teens and grownups.
Consistently seeking to do what is good
Spiritual staying power and stamina
Internal restraint and calmness
Plugged In offers a thorough assessment of the film from a range of perspectives: film style, spiritual content, violent content, and more. Read More
Brad Miner, reviewer at "The Catholic Thing," gives a faith-inspired review of Mel Gibson's heroic WWII film. Read More
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Be prepared for substantial depictions of violence and loss of life. This is partly why Doss's heroism to save lives stands out.
Be prepared for cavalier commentary among soldiers about extra-marital sex.
Doss' father is an intense portrayal of a man who is very angry about his lot in life.