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Hacksaw Ridge (2016) - Movie Review

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Hacksaw Ridge is a war-drama based on the true story about Desmond Doss, an American combat medic in WW2, who saved 75 lives in the battle of Okinawa, one of the bloodiest battle of the pacific theater. Directed by Mel Gibson who, after a 10 years gap, returned to the world of cinema, and in full form. 
Andrew Garfield plays as Desmond Doss and in the process gave the best performance of his career. You feel for him, you understand his character, and you root for him all the way. Teresa Palmer plays as the love interest, and she was simply lovely. Their short love story was quite sweet and they both had great chemistry. The performances were great across the board, and there were some surprising ones too like Vince Vaughn. He portrays a sergeant and I loved him in this film. He had a comedic layer to his role but was also dramatic when the movie called for it. The show stealer side-character performance was from Hugo Weaving, though, who plays as Desmond's father, and he was simp…

Sense8 (2015) - TV Series Review (Season 1)


Sense8 is a sci-fi drama series from Netflix and is created by the one and only Wachowskis (and J. Micheal Straczynski). It is about eight people from around the world that are mentally linked with each other. This premise gave the series a large main set of characters of different ethnicities, culture etc, and made it quite varied. Now, the Wachowskis have had a really bumpy ride so far, with supreme highs like The Matrix to abysmal lows as Jupiter Ascending, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from this series. But I'm glad to say that this is a proper comeback from them. 

The story is interesting, and while there is the main overarching storyline that connects everything, you also get eight different storylines. Not all of them are equally good or interesting, BUT even the worst among them is still intriguing enough. Same is the case with the characters themselves. There are some I definitely liked/loved more than others, but the show does a great job of giving each of them proper development that you kinda feel attached to everyone. And with the variety of cast this show has, that is an impressive feat. My personal favorites are Will, Wolfgang and Riley. 

Almost all of the series is shot on location, so you really jump around a wide array of places in each episode. And the cinematography itself is excellent, making it a real treat for the eyes at times. Coupled with that, the show also has a great soundtrack, with a wide mix of songs used fittingly for scenes, increasing their impact.

The series has a variety of things in it, just like its characters. It has action, which can be really good at times. It often has humor and hilarious situations that often made me laugh out loud. It can be really dark and disturbing. And it can hit you with a TON of feels. All this can make it a rollercoaster of a ride. 

The thing I love the most about this series are these beautiful moments with all the characters that truly makes you feel alive (I know it sounds corny but that's the only way I can describe it :p ). There are quite a bit of them in the first season and I was always enthralled by them. Profoundly emotional. 

My main issue with it is that the series takes a while to get going, like 4-5 episodes, so the earlier episodes can be a bit of a drag at times. Also, sometimes, the dialogue can be a bit iffy. And there is this repetitive feel to some of the episodes, it's more like a small nitpick, though. 

Overall, I loved the first season, had a wonderful time watching it and it felt like a fresh experience. There is just something about this show that makes it really poignant and enthralling, especially those beautiful moments I mentioned earlier. Fair warning though, it can be a big graphic at times and has a hefty amount of mature content, so if you are bothered by that, this might not be the show for you. For everyone else, I highly recommend it. 

8.5/10

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