There’s some big buzz surrounding another anticipated premiere out of the Venice Film Festival. This time, it’s Mel Gibson‘s return behind the camera for the first time in 10 years that is garnering plenty of attention.
Hacksaw Ridge is a war drama based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a young Seventh Day Adventist who drew criticism from his fellow soldiers for sticking to his Pacifist beliefs and never picking up a weapon during his time serving in the military during World War II. Miraculously, the soldier single-handedly rescued 75 of his wounded brothers in one night, earning him the Medal of Honor. The story paints the portrait of a man who stood by his own beliefs and credited God with his heroic feats, and Mel Gibson doesn’t shy away from a message of faith in the face of adversity.
The first Hacksaw Ridge reviews have arrived from the festival, where the film received a 10-minute standing ovation. While there’s plenty of praise for an astounding performance by Andrew Garfield and some incredible, harrowing battle footage in the vein of Saving Private Ryan, it sounds like the film has problems in its lack of subtlety. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.
The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.
We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”
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Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
War movies are a common sight, and World War II is an especially popular choice of subject matter. But Hacksaw Ridge is one of the few you’ll ever see where a soldier emerges as the hero without firing a single bullet. Mel Gibson‘s first directorial effort in ten years stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a real-life American soldier who refused to kill or even carry a gun due to his religious beliefs. Instead, he aided the war effort as a medic and saves the lives of dozens of his comrades. In 1945, Doss became the first-ever conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.
Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, and Teresa Palmer also star. Watch the Hacksaw Ridge trailer below. Read More »
Mel Gibson hasn’t directed a feature film since 2006’s Apocalypto. The somewhat dated digital photography aside, that thrilling and brutal chase movie is arguably his best picture as a director (the film’s biggest fan, Robert Duval, likely agrees), but it’s far from his most successful, once you compare it to Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ‘s box-office numbers. Gibson has had great success as a filmmaker. His most recent performances, however, have failed to connect with audiences. As an actor, he’s not the draw he used to be, but will that stop moviegoers from seeing one of his directorial efforts? We’ll find out this November.
Below, check out the poster for his latest film, Hacksaw Ridge.
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With Spider-Man stuck in a bit of a void, Andrew Garfield is filling his time wisely. He’ll soon shoot Silence with Martin Scorsese, and now he might team up with another Oscar-winning director: Mel Gibson. Both Gibson and Garfield are circling a World War II project called Hacksaw Ridge. It’s the true story of Desmond T Doss, a U.S. military doctor (played by Garfield, if it all works out) who refuses to kill patients badly injured in battle. As a result, Doss was the first “Conscientious Objector” to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Gibson would direct the film. Read more about the potential Andrew Garfield Mel Gibson team up below. Read More »