Rave reviews: Mel Gibson’s new film has staunchest critics singing its praises

Introduction — Sept 7, 2016


True story: Hacksaw Ridge is based on conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who saved 75 men in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa in World War II without firing a gun. Click to enlarge

Following an alleged ‘anti-Semitic’ outburst Mel Gibson’s directorial career seemed to stall. The last film he directed was the brilliant Apocalypto in 2006.
In the decade since Gibson has been cast in a variety of leading roles but his alleged ‘anti-Semitism’ seemed to cast a shadow over his career. That may be about to change though.
Gibson has already shown his flair for film making in Braveheart and Apocalypto but he may have surpassed himself with his latest offering, Hacksaw Ridge.
Hollywood’s moguls may not like it but even his fiercest critics have been full of praise for Gibson’s latest.
Audiences have also been impressed: the movie got a ten-minute standing ovation when it was shown at the Venice Film Festival recently. While critics are already tipping Hacksaw Ridge as a frontrunner for a 2017 Best Film Oscar.
So Mel Gibson may be about to restore his standing as a filmmaker and leave the industry unable to ignore or sideline him.
Despite denials, Hollywood is a Jewish dominated institution. Another major film-making success, following Braveheart and the controversial but successful The Passion of Christ, would firmly re-establish Gibson’s standing as a filmmaker of repute. We don’t know that Hacksaw Ridge will win any Oscars but Gibson’s return to prominence would certainly put the cat among Hollywood’s pigeons.
We’re under no illusions about Mel Gibson, he’s been outspoken in the past and may well have voiced anti-Semitic sentiment but that doesn’t alter the fact that he’s also a dynamic filmmaking talent. That’s something that Hollywood may have to come to terms with. Ed

Rave reviews: Mel Gibson’s new film Hacksaw Ridge has staunchest critics singing its praises

Max Margan — Daily Mail Sept 6, 2016

He hasn’t directed a film since Apocalypto in 2006.

But it seems Mel Gibson’s upcoming blockbuster Hacksaw Ridge will be well worth the wait.

Filmed in Sydney last year, the Braveheart star’s latest movie has even the staunchest of critics raving.

‘As repellent a figure as many may still find Gibson, I have to report he’s absolutely hit Hacksaw Ridge out of the park,’ the film editor wrote.

‘Gibson is a man looking for redemption, and in this redemptive vision he may just have found it.’

‘Hacksaw Ridge is a fantastically moving and bruising war film that hits you like a raw topside of beef in the face – a kind of primary-coloured Guernica that flourishes on a big screen with a crowd.’

The Hollywood Reporter says in Mel’s latest film he ‘proves himself a muscular storyteller who knows exactly how to raise a pulse, heighten emotion and build intensity to explosive peaks’.

Hacksaw Ridge is based on the true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who saved 75 men in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa in World War II – without ever firing a gun.

It’s star-studded cast includes Hugo Weaving, Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington and Luke Bracey.

It’s about a man who wouldn’t touch a weapon and wanted to be part of saving lives in the worst place on earth,’ director Mel said at last year.

‘I mean Okinawa was a horrific place… there were over 300,000 casualties, mostly civilian.’ 

Hacksaw Ridge will hit cinemas across Australia and New Zealand on November 4.


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