When you get a minute today, take some time to watch a preview about a movie that I’m sure you haven’t heard of yet, “Hacksaw Ridge.” The film follows, Desmond T. Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, a WWII Army Medic, who refuses to kill people in the war. Without a weapon, Army Medic Desmond T. Doss becomes the first American soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
The film, believe it or not, is directed by Mel Gibson. Say what? Mel Gibson! Where’s Mel Gibson been all these years? Nobody knows, with the exception of this movie, which is set to be released in November.
I’m always up for another great true war story, especially when it has to do with WWII. With so much death and destruction that surrounded the second World War, it’s interesting to see so many side stories of Americans doing incredible things. For example, the film, “Monuments Men,” a story about a bunch of humanities enthusiasts, soldiering up in hopes of finding stolen art from the Nazi’s.
In the day and age of remakes and superhero blockbuster films, it’s nice to be told a story of an incredible individual, who during the battle of Okinawa, refused to kill people. As an army medic, Desmond T. Doss was able to save 75 men without firing a single shot!
I’ve always said, “Anytime a movie is based on true events, it’s definitely worth watching, especially if it’s a war story.”
If you can remember, over Memorial Day weekend, we spent some time talking about our all time favorite war movies. The American Film Institute (AFI) has created their top 100 war movies of all time. And by the looks of, “Hacksaw Ridge,” this could easily become an all time favorite. Below are the top five according to AFI.
- “Saving Private Ryan” 1998
- “A Very Long Engagement” 2004
- “Stalag 17” 1953
- “The Pianist” 2002
- “Malena” 2000