New Movies Capture The Horrors Of War And Heroism Of Our Military Vetarans

Looking to get out of the house this Veterans Day? Moviegoers can honor the bravery of American soldiers this weekend by checking out a pair of war blockbusters that are now playing in theatres.

The first is Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington. The biopic tells the story of Desmond Doss - a Virginia-born combat medic who struggles to maintain his commitment to pacifism while serving in overseas during World War II. On top of enemy fire, Doss (Garfield) has to struggle with fellow soldiers who think his ideals are cowardice in disguise.

Gibson made the film hoping to give viewers the most accurate depiction of the hell that soldiers endure in battle.

"I want to show what our veterans go through," Gibson told Stephen Colbert before the film debuted last week. "From back in the day to right to the day, they go through a lot for us. They take a beating, and I want people to empathize with that. I want to put the audience in the foxhole."

Right now, the film has a 93 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here's a sneak peak.  

If you're looking for something based on recent battles, check out Ang Lee's Iraq War drama Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which opens this weekend. The movie tells the fictional story of a combat veteran who is pulled away from the front to share his experiences at a Dallas Cowboys halftime show. The movie tries to capture the horrors soldiers face on the battlefield and the difficulty of putting those experiences into words when they return home.

The film stars Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and Vin Diesel, who got special treatment on set. Diesel recently admitted that he got to skip out on boot camp with the rest of the cast because he'd already done the Hollywood version of basic training while filming Saving Private Ryan (1998).


Lee's war film currently has a rotten 47 percent rating at RT, so you might want to stay home and watch Tom Hanks search war-torn Europe for Private James Ryan on Netflix.


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