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DIRECTOR Mel Gibson
CAST Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths
Mel Gibson’s drama about a conscientious objector in WW2 who saved numerous lives while refusing to carry a gun.
Hacksaw Ridge is the jagged cliff face that American soldiers had to scale at the battle of Okinawa in the Second World War. Mel Gibson’s film tells the extraordinary true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, working as an army medic but refusing to carry a gun, single-handedly evacuated 75 casualties from behind enemy lines. Gruelling and uplifting in equal parts.
(2016 Australia / USA 139 mins)
Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge is one of the best Second World War movies since Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line. It is also a wildly contradictory affair, combining folksiness with a pathological quality. The bloodier moments here remind us of Gibson’s biblical preoccupations and of his extreme fascination with violence and suffering. It’s rousing filmmaking with an exceptional performance from Andrew Garfield as a character who is both an all-American hero and another of Gibson’s masochistic martyrs. Desmond Doss is a conscientious objector who thrives in battle. As if taking his cue from him, Gibson has made an anti-war movie which still somehow contrives to play out as a Boy’s Own-style action film, full of courage, camaraderie, and derring-do. Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
Winner of 3 BAFTAs including Best Actor (Andrew Garfield) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Director and Actor.
BBFC advice: Contains strong bloody violence and gory injury detail
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