Hacksaw Ridge

Oscar Winning Sunday

Director: 
Mel Gibson
Year: 
2016
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
131 mins
Cast: 
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey
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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 to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

"It’s a movie about bravery and the power of inspiration, be it divine or corporeal, in moments of hopelessness. Desmond’s faith is placed front and center, and the way it operates here celebrates not the object of that faith, but the power it has to motivate both Desmond and his squad." - Randall Colburn, Cosequence of Sound

"'Hacksaw Ridge' is a fantastically moving and bruising war film that hits you like a raw topside of beef in the face – a kind of primary-coloured Guernica that flourishes on a big screen with a crowd." - Robbie Colin, The Telegraph

"A movie that fulfills its purpose with vigor, confidence and swagger, and those battle scenes are impossible to take your eyes off." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

"Treads close to madness and majesty alike, and nobody but Gibson could have made it." - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

"As he did so well in 'Braveheart,' Gibson explores the reasons men fight for their country rather than just reveling in blood and gore." - Brian Truitt, USA Today

"A movie that reaches out toward the idea of goodness in the world." - Stephanie Zacharek, Time

"Gibson's forceful comeback is a violent drama about pacifism that succeeds in combining horror with grace." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter