Hacksaw Ridge: Mel Gibson And Andrew Garfield In WWII

Posted: Nov 1 2016, 9:11am CDT | by , Updated: Nov 1 2016, 11:39pm CDT, in News | Latest Movie News

 

Hacksaw Ridge: Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield in WWII
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  • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield Express A Lot of Hope in Hacksaw Ridge
 

Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are excited for the new war biopic Hacksaw Ridge telling the tale of WWII veteran Desmond Doss.

Mel Gibson has been looking for a way to redeem himself after his DUI arrest and although he admits that the world won’t give him a chance, he is now paving his own way.

Having already directed The Passion of Christ and Apocalypto, the audience is familiar with Gibson’s attention to detail, boldness of adaptation and remarkable skill of storytelling.

Those were the specific reasons why former Spiderman star Andrew Garfield sought to work with the director. The actor has only but good things to say about the director. He even praised that he is a great chiropractor. 

The movie titled, Hacksaw Ridge is based on the the 1945 scene of some of the worst carnage of World War II. It takes its name from the forbidding 350-foot cliff also known as Maeda Escarpment on the island of Okinawa.

It is a WWII biopic of the Seventh-day Adventist and medic Desmond Doss. He was the first objector to his Medal of Honour reception. The most remarkable thing about the story and the real person is that Doss refused to handle a gun during his tenure of war. 

The movie explores the story of Doss from his childhood and his upbringing in Lynchburg, Va. He is the son of a WWI veteran played by Hugo Weaving who is haunted by his own war demons.

He is an alcoholic and abusive to Desmond and his brother. They are loved and cared for by their mother played by Rachel Griffiths. We see the two sides of Doss’ life while he is growing up.

His belief is mapped out when he accidentally comes close to him killing his brother. From then on, Desmond refused to handle a gun. He finds love before he heads out to get recruited in the army to join his brother in the war.

His religious resolution makes him a target for mockery and beating by his Sergeant and other troops during his army training. He advances with steady belief and help of God and at the horrific battlefield at Hacksaw Ridge, he managed to save 75 lives. 

Impressive and somewhat unbelievable, it is the most significant fact that it actually happened. What is more admirable is how well Garfield has portrayed the war veteran and how well Mel Gibson has captured the essence of war.

Not using CGI, many critics have commented that the movie’s surreal and live action war sequences are gory and mind boggling. The movie received an almost ten minutes’ long standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival where it was showcased for the first time.

Critics and movie enthusiasts alike have high hoped for the movie and some have even predicted Oscar glory for Gibson and Garfield. The movie is set to release in L.A. and New York on Wednesday and around the country on Friday. 

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