THE WHITE HELMETS (2016)

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“Any human being, no matter who they are or which side they’re on, if they need our help, it’s our duty to save them.”

The White Helmets is a group of voluntary rescue workers who put their lives on the line to save civilians between the rubbles of Syria.

I guess I understand why this won the Best Documentary Short Subject at the Oscars 2017. This documentary starts with heartbreak yet ends with hope.

A heartfelt display of selflessness, courage, and love in the havoc of war.

“I’m willing to sacrifice my soul for the sake of the people. This job is sacred.”

HACKSAW RIDGE [2016]

“In peace, a son buries his father. In war, a father buries his son.”

What I admire about war films is it’s never about the war itself. It’s always about the humanity, patriotism, courage — and this time, Mel Gibson’s directorial comeback (it’s been 10 years!) proven to be a solid victory with its portrayal of faith put as the spotlight.

Desmond Doss played by Andrew Garfield (who gives his finest performance) wrestles with his belief not to bear arms in the violence of war, and yet ultimately saves 75 lives.

Hacksaw Ridge is a remarkable visual narrative of inner struggle when man’s religious conscience conflicted with his duty and the safety of his band of brothers. Will he stand on his ground?

An honest illustration of the brutality of war and the unyielding faith of a man.

WAR HORSE (2012)

Despite of being a tiresome 2 hour sit through, I was surprised I didn’t fall asleep. Kudos to Spielberg for keeping the dialogue short and crisp. However, even though I’ve had my heart dissolved in tears in some scenes, War Horse isn’t that extraordinary, sadly. Nevertheless, it’s still a heart-warming adventure of destiny I did enjoy watching. War Horse did justice on depicting fate through every stomp of Joey’s journey.