If you haven’t checked it out yet, you gotta see the newest film from director Mel Gibson is Oscar-bait gold. It tells the story of Desmond Doss, a religious man who believes in the “thou shalt not kill” commandment with his entire being. So much that he refuses to even touch a weapon during basic training. He is hounded and outcast as a coward by his fellow soldiers, who see him as a man who would refuse to fight for them on the battlefield. Doss however yearns to be a combat medic. He wants to save lives, not take them.
He went on save over 75 American lives on Hacksaw ridge while overcoming an obscene amount of small arms and friendly artillery fire during the battle for Okinawa. Doss became the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor for his actions. If that isn’t enough for you to want to check it out, it also features Andrew Garfield in the lead role, supported by Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington (good to see him again), and the gorgeous Teresa Palmer.
Be warned that this movie is not for the faint of heart, the battle on top of the ridge is extremely graphic, giving you D-Day in Saving Private Ryan vibes. That being said, this movie will encapsulate you, I’ve heard a lot of people getting emotional as they watched this movie, hits ya right in the feels. It currently sports an 8.7 out of 10 on IMDB, that’s bound to drop but thats insanely high and this movie will without a DOUBT get Best Picture buzz.