I love a good war flick, though preferably of the more–relatively speaking–modern variety, where the people doing the fighting believe that what they’re doing is for all the right reasons, till they often come to see whichever conflict they happen to be engaging in a context larger than themselves.
I think the first I can recall enjoying was Stanford Whitman’s Baby Blue Marine, starring Jan-Michael Vincent.
Followed by The Big Red One, Hamburger Hill, Platoon and Full Metal Jacket.
While the four movies–by no means an exhaustive list–aren’t the only war films I’ve seen, they did make the strongest impression upon me.
So now comes Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson–which the trailer does everything in its power not to mention.
Besides, if there’s anything Mel Gibson has shown us it’s that he can direct, though if you look at some of those movies, like Apocalypto and The Passion of the Christ, it goes without saying that Hacksaw Ridge will likely not neglect the gorier aspects of combat.