Hacksaw Ridge: Mel Gibson’s Return
Hacksaw Ridge is the latest film by director Mel Gibson, who by the way, hasn’t directed a film in ten years. From Passion of the Christ and Apocalyto, Mel Gibson tries his hand at a WWII period drama based on a true story about Desmond Doss, a soldier awarded the medal of honor for saving 75 men without using a weapon.
But guns are fun guys right? Not for Desmond Doss. Doss is actually a Seventh Day Adventist whose beliefs prevent him from picking up a weapon. Even though Doss suffers abuse and ridicule, he carries on to the front lines of the Battle of Okinawa saving several lives while adhering to his personal beliefs.
The trailer portrays Doss as a man filled with conviction who truly believes in “putting the world back together” and “saving lives” instead of “taking lives”. Andrew Garfield seems to nail down the “everyman” look and feel of Hacksaw Ridge. He is a phenomenal actor who we last saw in 2014’s Amazing Spiderman 2 and 99 Homes. Andrew will be accompanied by a strong cast of male leads including Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, and Hugo Weaving.
Visually the film looks phenomenal, which isn’t a surprise considering it is being directed by Mel Gibson. The trailer shows the grit of war while adding some resonating moments that look to occur in the States and in the army bunkers.
What is interesting about this film is the lead characters religious beliefs. I am not a Seventh Day Adventist, but I am a Christian. I have my own set of convictions that I live by. Right now, we exist in a time where convictions are ridiculed, even to the point of persecution. Just look at what is happening to Colin Kaepernick, quaterback for the San Franciso 49ers. Hatred toward people standing up for their beliefs is literally a headline in today’s news. Hacksaw Ridge looks like it will address this friction and the difference between societal expectations and personal beliefs.
Hacksaw Ridge has plenty of things going for it, but we’ll see what the final result is on November 4, 2016.