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Hacksaw Ridge

TVMucho Show of the week

Mon, August 19th, 2019

Wednesday 9pm – 11.35pm, Channel 5

Some 11 years after after his epic fall from grace in 2006 following a drunk-driving incident and anti-semitic rants, Mel Gibson returned to Hollywood with the fact based film Hacksaw Ridge. His return, whilst targeted at the US markets, was filmed in Australia and took the amazing story of Desmond T. Doss to the big screen. Gibson’s efforts in an olive branch to Hollywood certainly worked – for this film he received six Oscar nominations, one of which was for best Director. The Story of Desmond Doss is absolutely incredible and Gibson really has done credit in promoting an amazing fete of personal discipline, bravery and demonstrating that nothing is impossible with the right resolve and determination.

Desmond T Doss is a quiet, unassuming man who demonstrates an uncanny ability to care for people medically. His skill is brought to the fore when he saves a man’s life after an incident with a car. His natural ability to care and the events of World War 2 drive him to join the US Army as a medic, however, his abusive childhood – fuelled by his World War 1 veteran father, and his Seventh Day Adventist upbringing drive him to refuse to actually bear arms and be a conscientious objector. Despite his beliefs he is determined to go to war and do his duty. Plagued by discrimination and bullying through Army training, Doss finds himself on the end of beatings and repeated attempts to be forced out of the military. His mental strength and encouragement by his fiancee drive him to succeed.

Undeterred, Doss finds himself on the Battlefield in Okinawa and in the midst of brutal, evicerous and harsh war. Gibson, along with screenwriters Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, present these scenes excellently, giving a real sense of the violence and terrifying situation these young men found themselves in.

It is here in the film we then witness the amazing efforts of Doss. A man, who, true to his word, faced the Imperial Japanese Army without a weapon. Saving 75 men on the battlefield, of both sides of the divide, his actions saw him be the first ever conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The men who had bullied and beaten him soon found nothing but respect for the man they had mercilessly berated.

A truly remarkable and well made film which reveals an amazing true story of pride, gallantry and steadfastness.

Stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, Luke Bracey as Smitty Ryker and Teresa Palmer as Dorothy Schutte.

 

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