Trailer for Mel Gibson’s Upcoming War Drama ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

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Say what you will about Mel Gibson – no, seriously, say whatever you want about him, I don’t care. One thing is for sure, he’s actually a hell of director. Not that any of that excuses his past bad behavior and abhorrent comments. It’s been ten years since Gibson has been behind the camera directing since 2006’s Apocalypto. After a few stops and starts on other projects, some of which may not have been attempted in earnest, it would appear that Gibson has broken out of movie jail for now with Hacksaw Ridge, the highly anticipated war movie with Oscar buzz surrounding it.

Andrew Garfield stars as Desmond Doss, who was a conscientious objector during World War II and yet saved numerous soldiers on the field of battle without ever carrying or firing a weapon. In a time where it seems that there are those that want to use America’s military might as a means to coerce the world into submission, a combination of heroism and pacifism might connect to audiences looking to embrace the American spirit without violent, ugly jingoism. The question really comes down to whether or not Mel Gibson’s harsher edges in the depiction of war is going to be toned down enough to convey the inherent optimism and heroism of the story.

Co-starring with Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge are Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, and Teresa Palmer. I’m curious to see if Gibson can direct another successful film, as well as whether or not audiences are willing to forgive him for his past indiscretions. We’ll find what happens when Hacksaw Ridge opens in theaters on November 4th, 2016.

The official synopsis for Hacksaw Ridge:

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.

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