Guilt is Mel Gibson’s catnip, be it cultural (Apocalypto), religious (The Passion of the Christ), or familial, as in the case with his latest film, Hacksaw Ridge.
By Garrett Rowlan
Hacksaw Ridge is about a young man’s early trauma—he seriously injured his brother in a fight—causes him to renounce all forms of murder. He is a conscientious objector, but wants to serve during wartime. (The film is based on an actual event).
The young man, Desmond Dawson, played by Andrew Garfield, gets his wish. He is sent to Hacksaw Ridge, an objective in the South Pacific war. The gory details of the battle are not spared by Gibson, the director. As such, it is no one’s idea of a date movie, but as a depiction of a rare form of courage, it is highly recommended.
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Garrett Rowlan has been writing all of his life. In addition of being a writer, Garrett is a big supporter of social justice issues. His first novel will be published next year.
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