By: Jon Corrigan
Is Mel Gibson back?
It’s been 10 years since a DUI arrest and anti-Semitic comments, among other public miscues in the following years, seemingly sidelined the Oscar-winning actor/filmmaker’s career.
However, there’s a buzz building around the 60-year-old’s latest directorial effort, Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield, which reportedly received a 10-minute standing ovation following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
“The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun,” Lionsgate Movies explains.
“He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he 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. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.”
The trailer for Hacksaw Ridge (see above) is quite compelling, but will it live up to past Gibson-directed films such as Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto?
We’ll find out when it hits theaters on Nov. 4.