It’s been 10 years since Apocalypto, the last film Mel Gibson directed, and his latest effort, Hacksaw Ridge, already has comeback buzz and talk of it being a contender during award season. (Trailer above.)
The Lionsgate film stars Spiderman’s Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist and Corporal in the Army who became a Medal of Honor recipient for saving the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII. What makes this true story even more incredible is that Doss was a conscientious-objector because of his faith and chose to go into battle without a weapon.
In the trailer Doss declares, “While everybody’s out there takin’ life, I’m gonna be savin’ it. That’ll be my way to serve.” After explaining to his commanding officers that he can’t, and won’t, touch a gun, while facing a court martial, the soft-spoken southerner tells the men, “With the world so set on tearin’ itself apart, don’t seem like a bad thing to me to try to put a little bit of it back together.”
The trailer powerfully ends with Doss carrying men out of harm’s way while praying, “Lord, please help me get one more.”
The film also stars Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, and Teresa Palmer. Gibson’s son Milo also has a part in the war epic.
Longtime Gibson collaborator Randall Wallace co-wrote the movie. The pair previously worked together on We Were Soldiers, based on events during Vietnam, and Braveheart, which was nominated for 10 Oscars, including best screenplay, with Gibson taking home the golden statue for best director and best picture.
Hacksaw Ridge will debut at the Venice Film Festival on August 31 and in theaters nationwide November 4.
Desmond Doss telling his story for the “Medal of Honor: Oral Histories” channel, below: