Film preview: Hacksaw Ridge

The extraordinary true story of the Christian, vegetarian, conscientious objector, Desmond T Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII, without firing a single shot, is told in this impressive new film directed by Mel Gibson.

Desmond, played by Andrew Garfield, (seen recently as a Jesuit priest in Silence) believed that the war was just but killing was wrong - so he became the only American soldier in WWII to work on the front lines without a weapon.

As an army medic, Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded near enemy lines - risking his own life many times as he braved enemy fire. He became the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

There are some extremely violent and harrowing scenes - as in 'Saving Private Ryan'- showing the true horrors of combat. But the film also depicts Desmond's formative years in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and - just to reassure everyone - he does survive. And there is a bit of romance in the film. The real Desmond Doss met his future wife during the war. At the end of the film we are shown glimpses of him in real life, and his reflections in old age.

Hacksaw Ridge is due to be released in the UK on 27 January 2017.

See two trailers here:

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