Mel Gibson has turned into some kind of magician. I say this because he’s done a handful of incredible and somewhat inexplicable things with his latest movie, Hacksaw Ridge. It’s the true story of WWII Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the battle of Okinawa. Doss was a Conscientious Objector who refused to use a weapon, but he was still awarded the Medal of Honor.
This is Gibson’s first time back in the Director’s Chair since 2006’s Apocalypto. His comfort level though, virtually erases that ten-year absence. It’s one of the first surprises offered up by Hacksaw Ridge, which opens to a horrific battle scene. Imagine the gore of Braveheart, but with the intensity and explosions of Saving Private Ryan. Gibson wastes no time introducing the horrors of war, where the Medic Doss is trying desperately to save his men. Continue reading →