World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
If you have ever played a computer/console game called Call of Duty, watching this movie will make you smile. The game and the film seem intertwined. There are scenes from the movie in the game and/or vice versa, I'm not sure which came first. Interestingly, the newly released (Nov 2005) Call of Duty 2 game, has more levels that seem to be taken, in inspiration at least, from the movie, and the player is actually named Vasili, the lead character from the movie.
I found the movie especially entertaining partly because of the game, I think, but I also really enjoyed the story. The knowledge that it was based on a true story made it even more compelling. Ed Harris is superb, Jude Law is very convincing and Rachel Weiss is lovely, though she does have some lines that don't seem quite right sometimes. Every Russian and German character in the film keep their actors own native accents (including a cockney Bob Hoskins)which takes a while to get used to, and every now and again seems odd, but the story is strong, the effects excellent, and its not all happy endings either.
I think if you like this genre of movie, or if you've played and enjoyed Call of Duty the game, you should watch this movie.
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