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I just watched it earlier this evening.
I don't have a massive HT setup, but it was still almost overwhelming. Some people may find it unwatchable, as it's got lots of blood and guts. (Quite literally.) As I'm not one of those people, I was able to appreciate it. Ralph's review said all that is necessary about the audio and video.
Mel Gibson and company did well in conveying the heroism of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield). Teresa Palmer was quite good as his wife, Dorothy Shutte. (I haven't seen her in much. Didn't know that she's an Aussie.) Vince Vaughn was surprisingly good as Sgt. Howell, although the character was a little unrealistic. (In the combat scenes, he seemed to have an endless supply of machine gun ammo.) Sam Worthington (speaking of Aussies) was competent but unremarkable.
I disagree with the opinion that it's an overly religious film. (I have no personal religion.) There was something vaguely Christ-like in the scene where Doss was being lowered from the ridge on a stretcher, but it seemed appropriate. He was wounded after performing a (secular) miracle.
Highly recommended. If you're the sort of person who is impressed by someone single-handedly rescuing 75 wounded GIs over a single night from a ridge that is held by a large number of fanatical Imperial Japanese Army soldiers, all without the hero firing a single shot, the film may leave you in tears. (The good kind.)
Edit, later: I'm embarrassed to have failed to mention Hugo Weaving's performance as Doss's father. (Yet another Australian.) It was brilliant. Stronger perhaps than Garfield's, but with much less screen time.
Last edited by bobknavs; 02-28-2017 at 09:14 AM.