What transpires when an Oscar-winning masterpiece such as Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” makes its debut on Netflix?
Instant virality, indeed! On September 1, this hard-hitting war drama found its way onto the streaming giant, promptly asserting its presence in Netflix’s elite list of top-ten most-watched films, all the while creating a buzz that reverberated across various social media platforms.
Numerous viewers wasted no time in extolling the virtues of this film, starring Andrew Garfield and the Australian actress Teresa Palmer, going so far as to label it “the best movie ever.”
One jubilant fan took to Twitter and effused, “‘Guys, I just watched the best movie ever on Netflix. Name – Hacksaw Ridge, based on a true story. I highly recommend it. Produced by Mel Gibson. A must-see.'”
Another reveled in the accessibility of “Hacksaw Ridge” on Netflix, proclaiming, “‘Watching Hacksaw Ridge!!! So glad it’s finally on Netflix!'”
As if this wasn’t enough, a viewer even acknowledged the emotional rollercoaster that the film provides, commenting, “‘Hacksaw Ridge Is On Netflix. Time to bust out the tissues and ice-cream.'”
Yet another chimed in, declaring, “‘If you’ve never seen Hacksaw Ridge, it’s on Netflix. Amazing movie. 10/10 recommend.'”
The heart of the film lies in the true story of Desmond Doss, portrayed by Garfield, a deeply religious U.S. recruit during World War II. Despite being a conscientious objector who steadfastly refuses to carry a weapon, he displays extraordinary valor by saving 75 men amidst the ferocious Battle of Okinawa.
Initially shunned by his fellow soldiers due to his pacifist convictions deeply rooted in his Seventh Day Adventist upbringing, Doss eventually earns the Medal of Honor for his remarkable bravery and selfless actions.
Viewers have lauded director Mel Gibson for his stunning recreation of the harrowing battlefield sequences. Alongside American actor Vince Vaughn, the film also boasts a roster of acclaimed Australian talents, including Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, and Richard Roxburgh.
Produced through a collaboration between Australia and the United States with a budget of $40 million, “Hacksaw Ridge” raked in an impressive $180 million worldwide. In the realm of awards, the film garnered six Oscar nominations and clinched trophies for Editing and Sound Mixing. It also triumphed at the Australian Academy Awards (AACTAs), securing nine accolades, including Best Picture.
The film’s resurgence on Netflix isn’t merely a fleeting trend; it stands as a testament to the universal allure and profound emotional resonance of “Hacksaw Ridge.” Its resurgence on the streaming platform adds yet another accolade to its status as a modern classic in the pantheon of war cinema.
So, whether you’re a connoisseur of war films or simply seeking an epic cinematic experience that delivers on all fronts, “Hacksaw Ridge” unquestionably deserves its accolade as “a must-see.”