Hacksaw Ridge: Key Scenes (Opening Scene (Point of view shot: Doss'…
Hacksaw Ridge: Key Scenes
Point of view shot:
Doss' bloodied legs
“Hang on Desmond, we’re gonna get you outta here”
Birds eye view shot:
Dead, bloodied burning soldiers.
Conveys confusion, urgency and a sense of being overwhelmed.
Music/non diegetic sound
Faded browns, red and dull greens.
Emphasised sound of Doss' heartbeat
"Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
Shaky hand-held camera
conveys a sense of confusion, immediacy and lack of control.
Battle Scene One
Late afternoon. Anticipation and mystery.
Clean uniforms. Heavy breathing.
of soldier's boots walking over dead bodies,
when the shooting begins.
They find out what they are up against: a faceless, relentless enemy.
Where the hell are they? I can't see them." "I can't see anything."
Confusion, overwhelmed, panicking.
Ralph's legs are shot off.
Give him a shot of morphine and move on. He's not gonna last a day."
"I ain't goin' anywhere. I'm gon' get you home."
Priority?.. He'll be dead before we get him down."** - Medic
You don't know that. Get him down."
* - Doss.
Mid close up
Chaos: bodies torn into pieces, Japanese on fire, dust, explosions. Shown through
"Where the hell ya goin' Doss?"
"There's still more wounded out there Sarg."
"I'll go with him."
Night time scene
Opens with a
of the men in their bunker retelling the horrors of the day and listing the names of the fallen.
“In peace sons bury their fathers, in war fathers bury their sons.”
"Put your helmet on."
- Doss to Smitty.
Shows that he cares for his safety.
This scene shows a development of the relationship between Doss and Smitty.
Rats eating dead bodies.
“Rifle’s just here. It won’t bite.”
“Yeah it will. Look around you.”
“After what we just been through, any sane man would be screaming for a weapon.”
“I never claimed to be sane.”
I learnt how to judge people quicker and I got you very wrong.”
- Smitty to Doss.
to argument between Doss and his father.
"Pull the damn trigger." “That’s when I made my promise to God, I ain’t never gon’ touch a gun again."
Battle Scene Two
showing stampedes of Japanese.
"Move move." "Fall back, fall back."
Begins with a
of the sunrise.
emphasising the sheer number of Japanese.
Mid close up
of the realisation on Glover's face
Battle Scene Three
"Waiting for what?" "Private Doss to finish praying for us Sir."
"Lets go to work."
Low angle shot
of Doss praying