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Hacksaw Ridge (2016) - Movie Review

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…

The Purge: Election Year (2016) - Movie Review

The Purge: Election Year is the third movie in the franchise which is set in a world where America holds an annual purge, and everything becomes legal including murder on that day. After watching this movie, I'm still waiting for them to properly utilize this world they have created. 

Election Year has, well, politics thrown into the mix where Frank Grillo returns as the lead, and this time he's the head of security for the senator, played by Elizabeth Mitchell, who's fighting in the election and wants to end the purge while the evil government opposition is trying to get rid of her during the purge. Couple that in meh execution along with some forgettable subplots and side characters, bad and way over-the-top acting, stupid/nonsensical scenes, and just an overall forgettable experience, and you have another wasteful purge movie (Anarchy was fine, loads better than the other two).

The only characters I had any interest in were the two leads, that's it. Both delivered convincing enough performances, even with the subpar dialogue. Other characters and their subplots had way more focus given to them than it was needed considering all of them were uninteresting and boring and I didn't really care for any of it. 

There were some action scenes and craziness that I enjoyed, but it would always be hindered by stupid decisions and bad direction etc. Like this one scene, where a security guy had a semi-automatic sniper rifle, and had a clear view of the protagonist (who had no real cover), and was going at it, but couldn't do any major damage. Almost laughed. 

If you like/love the other purge movies, you'll probably like this too. Otherwise, stay away and watch something better. It ain't worth it. 



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