Could you be a war hero without firing a gun, the answer is Yes! Mel Gibson‘s Hacksaw Ridge is that extraordinary true story of a conscientious WW2 Army medic who saved soldiers without a gun.Now that amazing story is coming to the big screen and like many of the trailers we’ve posted in the past few days, it has alot of Oscar Potential…
This looks powerful film which will have a lot of emotion and intensity. Whilst Mel Gibson’s antics may have have caused him to lose a lot of support, even friends we can’t deny he has fantastic film making skills.
Andrew Garfield leads the cast for Hacksaw Ridge as Desmond T Doss the World War 2 U.S Army Medic who served during one of the war’s bloodiest battles,Okinawa Japan.
He became the first ever soldier as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, he saved 75 men.
This film marks Gibson’s first return to the director’s chair since his underrated Apocalypto in 2006.Before then Braveheart and the highly controversial The Passion Of Christ which is reportedly in line for a potential sequel.
The story sounds fascinating and even today been a pacifist like Doss especially with the political climate of today see you ridiculed for your beliefs. The film made it’s world premiere at Venice Film Festival getting some really strong reviews and a 10 minute standing ovation. Some critics even calling it a near classic similar vein as Saving Private Ryan with astounding performance by Andrew Garfield. It seems Gibson doesn’t shy away from the brutality of war and a big focus on not killing the enemy but saving your own comrades. As for how pacifism is portrayed in the film we’ll just have to wait until we see the movie ourselves.
Hacksaw Ridge Doesn’t have an confirmed UK&Irish release date yet, U.S Cinephiles can catch the film on 4th November. The film also stars Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn.