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4.0 out of 5 stars Proof that substance is sometimes simply more important than style, 29 April 2012
K. Gordon - See all my reviews
This review is from: Conscientious Objector-True Story of a Peaceful So [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This documentary about the only conscientious objector to ever win the
U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor is a touching and powerful tale of faith
and courage.

While the approach is simple and rough around the edges, the story of
Desmond Doss, - at first a hated outcast for his refusal to carry or
use a weapon, later a hero among heroes for his saving of over 75 men
as a medic in what seemed all but impossible circumstances - is so
unique, and almost hard to believe that it pulls you in completely,
whatever its budgetary or stylistic limitations.

I was surprised to see a few critics attack it as being an ad for
Christianity, or for Seventh Day Adventists in the specific. I'm
neither Christian nor religious, yet I never felt I was being preached
at. It's simply the case that for this man his faith is what helped
give him his courage and convictions. Would I want a documentary about
Martin Luther King to not deal with how he drew his inspiration from
his faith? Or Gandhi or the Dali Llama from theirs?

Told by the men who were there, including Doss himself, this is a film
that speaks of the grace of refusing to conform, and being driven to do
good, even at great personal risk and sacrifice. A truly inspiring
story of an amazing yet humble individual. It has flaws, but in this
case, it doesn't really matter.
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