This film, about a conscientious objector who actually saved 75 lives as a medic in the midst of a terrible battle on Okinawa, was directed by Mel Gibson. As might be expected, it’s a little corny and extremely violent. But the WWII verisimilitude, both on the home front and in the Pacific War, is outstanding.

Caution: the battle scenes are particularly horrific–a bit like Saving Private Ryan on steroids.

Overall I, like most of the audience, was moved and inspired by the story of this true WWII hero.


Here is an interesting analysis by the NY Times reviewer A.O. Scott