Fri 24 Feb – Wed 1 Mar
Director: Mel Gibson. Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving. USA 2016. 139 mins.
The true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Garfield), who won a Congressional Medal of Honour during the Second World War without firing a shot. After a lifetime of humiliation, first by his drunken father (Weaving) and then by army colleagues, Doss served in the assault on Okinawa as an army medic and saved the lives of 75 men during a brutal battle for the titular Hacksaw Ridge. Mel Gibson’s directorial return, like The Passion Of The Christ before it, is as much about personal conviction as it is about visceral violence: the account of an outsider finding redemption through extraordinary suffering. Garfield gives a performance as powerful and convincing as the often-horrific battles scenes, which arguably represent the most intense depiction of war since Saving Private Ryan.
Nominated for the CINEMA OF THE YEAR Award 2016!