In its red carpet world premiere at the Venice Film festival last night, Hacksaw Ridge received a ten-minute standing ovation from critics, according to Deadline Hollywood.
The film’s plot centers around a soldier named Desmond T Doss (played by Andrew Garfield) whose strong Christian faith fuels his pacifism during World War II. It’s based off of the true story of a war hero who was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving dozens of wounded soldiers. Doss ultimately saved 75 men in Okinawa with out firing a single bullet.
The soldier was initially shamed, criticized, and even beaten up by his fellow comrades, but he quickly earned their respect in ways they never could have expected. His gentle strength, love for his neighbor, and fearless faith are woven throughout the entire film that is already being considered a possible Oscar nominee.
“A lot of attention needs to be paid to our warriors; they need some love and understanding. I hope this film imparts that message. If it does nothing but that, that’s great,” said Gibson.
Check out this two-minute clip of this power-packed film in the official movie trailer below.Hacksaw Ridge will be released in U.S. theaters on November 4th, featuring co-stars Vince Vaughan, Hugo Weaving, and Sam Worthington.