Mel Gibson looks to have another winner on his hands with Hacksaw Ridge, at least if the reception the film has received at this year’s Venice Film Festival is anything to go by.
The film, Gibson’s fifth feature film as director, had its premiere at Venice with Gibson in attendance alongside cast members Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, and Aussie stars Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving and Luke Bracey.
Hacksaw Ridge tells the 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.
The premiere was met with applause by those in attendance, and the reviews that have since followed have been highly positive.
Variety said the film “immerses you in the violent madness of war — and, at the same time, it roots its drama in the impeccable valor of a man who, by his own grace, refuses to have anything to do with war.”
THR said Gibson has delivered a “violent drama about pacifism that succeeds in combining horror with grace,” Deadline described the film as “tense and moving,” while The Guardian reported that the filmmaker “absolutely hit Hacksaw Ridge out of the park.”
Now it just remains to be seen if the general public also responds well and if the film aces it during awards season. The picture’s Oscar-friendly release date certainly showcases the confidence the studios have.
Hacksaw Ridge, also starring Sam Worthington, Ryan Corr and Rachel Griffiths, will arrive in Australia on November 3 and hits the U.S. on November 4.
— Mel Gibson (@MelGibsonFilms) September 4, 2016