Andrew Garfield Is a Pacifist Going To War In First Trailer For Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Here comes another WWII film, but this one has a pretty distinct story. Hacksaw Ridge, the latest directorial effort from Mel Gibson and his first in 10 years, follows the true story of a solider who refused to use a weapon on the battlefield.
Andrew Garfield portrays Desmond Doss, the real-life Army Corporeal who went to war, yet refused to kill or to carry a weapon based on his religious beliefs. Doss was a Seventh-day Adventist who was against violence and ended up becoming a medic during the war to help save lives. Here's the film's official synopsis:
Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of conscientious collaborator Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed the war was just, but killing was nevertheless wrong; he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic, Doss 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. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
As many WWII films as there are, you gotta admit this is a pretty interesting story and offers an different perspective on war from a man of faith. The film also stars Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, and Richard Roxburgh. The film will play out of competition at the Venice Film Festival next month and open in theaters November 4. Check out the poster below.