Now, on to November. For this month I've decided to follow suit from last year and show a war film in honor of Veteran's Day. We will be watching Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious object combat medic whose bravery earned him the Medal of Honor.
We will be meeting Thursday, Nov. 16th at 6:00 pm (please note the slightly earlier start time as this is to accommodate the longer running time of the film).
Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war drama film directed by Mel Gibson and written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector. The film focuses on the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacifist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, refusing to carry or use a firearm or weapon of any kind. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa. Andrew Garfield stars as Doss, with Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn in supporting roles.
Hacksaw Ridge was chosen by the American Film Institute as on of its top ten Movies of the Year, and has received numerous awards and nominations. The film received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Garfield and Best Sound Editing, winning the awards for Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.
The film holds a certified fresh rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 242 reviews, and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said this in his review, “Thanks to some of the greatest battle scenes ever filmed, Gibson once again shows his staggering gifts as a filmmaker, able to juxtapose savagery with aching tenderness. Hacksaw Ridge is being touted as Gibson’s comeback. Is it also an atonement? Who can say? What’s clear is that Gibson has made a film about family, faith, love and forgiveness all put to the test in an arena of violent conflict-a movie you don’t want to miss.”
Hope to see you there!
Here's the trailer: