Say what you want about Mel Gibson as a human being, but with films like Braveheart and Apocalypto under his belt, it’s impossible to deny his talent behind the camera. Ten year after his most recent directorial effort, Gibson is back with the WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield as a soldier who refuses to engage in battle due to his religious beliefs, and whose efforts on the field as a medic saved the lived of countless fellow soldiers.
The film is based on the true story of Desmond Doss, who became the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery on the field of battle. Check out the first trailer for Hacksaw Ridge below.
While Garfield’s attempt at a Southern accent may leave something to be desired, the film itself looks absolutely incredible. The real-life Doss has such a unique story that I’m honestly surprised it took this long for Hollywood to pounce on it, but with Gibson at the helm – and a release date right in the middle of awards season – this could turn out to be one of the most talked-about films of the year. Hacksaw Ridge may not turn out to be as gritty and visceral as something like Fury, but I expect it to be no less compelling.
Here’s the official synopsis:
HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, 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.
Hacksaw Ridge opens on November 4.
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