Blowing Things Up In Praise Of Pacifism, Here Comes The HACKSAW RIDGE Trailer

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Blowing Things Up In Praise Of Pacifism, Here Comes The HACKSAW RIDGE Trailer

Has Mel Gibson been forgiven? And is his Hacksaw Ridge the most violent movie ever made in praise of pacifism? Well, judging from the fact that Gibson's name never appears in the new trailer for his upcoming Hacksaw Ridge - not even as a piece of text in a billing block - the answer to part A would appear to be either 'no' or, at the very least, an awful lot of fear from Lionsgate that the answer is probably no. And the answer to part B? That would appear to be a , 'Hell, yes' with the only title that could conceivably give it a run for its money being Gibson's own Passion of the Christ.

HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Now lined up to premiere in Toronto there are clearly big plans and hopes for this one and with its blend of religion, explosions, and explicit violence all wrapped up in a message of 'Well done, this guy, for not shooting people but, god damn, doesn't it look awesome when we blow people up?' it may very well be the sort of film Middle America embraces en masse, even if Gibson does revert to telling us what he thinks about the Jews between now and then. It's sort of the movie that Trump America seems to want and deserve right now.

New trailer? That's down below.

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William JohnsonJuly 28, 2016 12:29 PM

How would you recommend that they tell the story of Doss's courage and conviction without showing the horror and brutality of war. Gibson's anti-Semitism not withstanding, the man knows how to make a movie that sells tickets.

Todd BrownJuly 28, 2016 1:51 PM

It's the approach that is the issue, not the content. Andrew Garfield isn't doing a spinning kick flip and kicking a grenade out of the air to say horror and brutality, he's doing it to create a 'Fuck, yeah!'

Michael LangJuly 28, 2016 1:57 PM

Finally something to look forward too.

wagnerfilmJuly 28, 2016 1:58 PM

Not gonna lie, the Jackie Chan grenade kick was eye-rolling. I don't deny the sincerity of this project but I doubt that bit was, you know, historical.

wabaliciousJuly 28, 2016 4:51 PM

He doesn't kick it away though, it goes off and injures him. And that did actually happen to Desmond Doss, he was left with 17 shrapnel wounds, so unless you count being badly injured as a "fuck yeah" moment i think you've misread that one. To me this does not look like a "fuck yeah" movie.

LPJuly 28, 2016 7:18 PM

Sure, nothing says "Trump" more than the story of a man who saved lives and refused to kill in times of war.
I can understand if this trailer isn't your cup of tea, but you indeed grossly misread what you call a 'fuck yeah' moment, and the suggestion that explicit violence and explosions are out of place in a film about war is a bit ludicrous. You obviously hate Mel Gibson personally, and that's your right, but it's causing you to relinquish that small percentage of objectivity that makes any comment worth writing.

JEFFREY SINGERJuly 28, 2016 7:25 PM

Furthermore, what is this supposed to mean:

"It's sort of the movie that Trump America seems to want and deserve right now."

So liberal Democrats don't like war movies? I'm sure none of them ever saw "Saving Private Ryan." What a strange remark.

Todd BrownJuly 28, 2016 10:13 PM

It means that the conflation of violence with peace is the sort of doublespeak that Trump in particular - though not exclusively - excels in.

JEFFREY SINGERJuly 28, 2016 10:55 PM

"It means that the conflation of violence with peace is the sort of doublespeak..."

This is the problem -- sometimes violence leads to peace! There is the basic case of self-defense and the bigger and more complicated issue of just war theory. In either case, sometimes violence is used to stop evil men (think of the violence necessary to stop a Hitler) and can give us peace.

Mark SavageJuly 29, 2016 1:59 PM

Mel's made several amazing movies, BRAVEHEART and APOCALYPTO, so this is something I'm looking forward to.

Jamming the psychotic Trump into criticism of a trailer –– and the filmmaker –– is a bit of a reach.

QinlongJuly 30, 2016 1:01 PM

This looks superb. The need to evoke Trump in relation to this trailer is a bit appalling in its simplistic and ill though-out self-righteousness, and well beneath you, Todd.
The best way to denounce war is to show it in all its horrific violence. If anything, it would be irresponsible of Gibson to show a blood-free war with toned-down violence. All the great anti-war films are violent.

wagnerfilmJuly 31, 2016 12:30 PM

To be fair, wasn't it Godard who said that it's impossible to make a true anti-war movie, because movies always make war look exciting?

Charl EtonAugust 1, 2016 2:36 AM

Maybe not as filmed, but Doss did kick a grenade and had multiple pieces of shrapnel in his foot and leg. I think the details are in his MOH citation.