Lionsgate has (finally) released the first trailer for Mel Gibson’s first directed film in ten years, Hacksaw Ridge. The film centers around Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious collaborator who refused to carry a weapon on the front lines of WWII. As an Army medic, Doss single-handedly saved 75 men during the bloodiest battle of WWII, Okinawa, without firing a single bullet.
This film looks absolutely phenomenal. Whatever you may think of Mel Gibson and his character, there’s no denying that he’s an incredible filmmaker. So anytime he’s behind the camera, it’s very exciting. But that is more so with this particular project, and that’s specifically due to the fascinating subject matter. Not only that, but he has one of the best young talents today in Andrew Garfield, a true secret weapon in my opinion. And after watching him in this trailer, I’m confident in saying Garfield will be in the Best Actor race come February of next year. But the real question is whether or not the film will get any award recognition because of who is behind the camera. If the film is great, it would be a real shame to see it get over-looked. We’ll see soon enough as it’s set to debut at the Venice Film Festival next month before its prime Oscar release date.
Watch the breathtaking new trailer below and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Did the trailer impact you like it did me? How about Andrew Garfield? What about Gibson as the director? Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge hits theaters November 4th, 2016 and stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, and Vince Vaughn.
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.