World War II is in full swing and many young Americans are enlisting to serve their country. Including the devout Desmond Doss ( Andrew Garfield) who wants to prove himself as a medic on the battlefield – without any use of firearms. Not only does he meet with a lack of understanding, but he is also a potential danger to his fellow soldiers and a risk for the upcoming mission on the Japanese island of Okinawa. He is tormented, kicked, and forced to give up, but never deviates from his beliefs and is eventually allowed to go into battle. There he really becomes aware of the true extent of the war, and when the mission threatens to fail and his comrades die one after the other, he surpasses himself and becomes a hero steeped in history.
Ten years have passed since Mel Gibson’s last film, Apocalypto. After a much-needed creative hiatus, he’s since been in the media more by personal outbursts than creative breakthroughs. Reason enough to step onto the stage like the phoenix from the ashes and make a name for himself with an interesting project- Hacksaw Ridge, which is based on the documentary film The Conscientious Objector (2004), it takes up the real story of a young Desmond Doss and peppers it with some acting greats, such as Andrew Garfield ( The Amazing Spider-Man ), Hugo Weaving ( Strangerland ), Teresa Palmer ( Lights Out ), Vince Vaughn( Big Business ) and Sam Worthington ( Avatar ), and completes the whole thing with expressive images. He also accommodated a role for one of his sons.