With his personal life shrouded in controversy in recent years, Mel Gibson’s on-screen outings have been few and far between and he hasn’t directed in over a decade. He makes his long-awaited return to the director’s chair for war drama Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the incredible true story of Desmond Doss, a pacifist World War II medic who refused to carry a weapon. We’re introduced to the him during a turbulent childhood in Virginia, and when a fight with his younger brother ends in a brutal attack with a brick, he is led to re-evaluate his religious principles. Years later, Doss (Andrew Garfield) enlists to serve for his country in Japan, much to the dismay of his doting wife Dorothy (Teresa Palmer) and father Tom (Hugo Weaving) a veteran who is mentally scarred from losing friends in the First World War.
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