Nýjasta stórmynd Mel Gibson, leikstjóra Braveheart. Byggð á magnaðri sögu herlæknisins Desmond T. Doss, sem neitaði að bera vopn í seinni heimsstyrjöldinni. Hann tók þátt í hinni hræðilegu orustu um Okinawa og er fyrsti friðarsinninn í sögu Bandaríkjanna til að fá heiðursorðu Bandaríska hersins. Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman) leikur aðalhlutverkið.
Mel Gibson er tilnefndur sem besti leikstjóri til Óskarsverðlaunanna 2017, en hann vann verðlaunin síðast fyrir Braveheart árið 1996. Myndin er tilnefnd til sex Óskarsverðlauna samtals, fyrir bestu myndina, bestu leikstjórn, besta leikara í aðalhlutverki, bestu klippinguna, hljóð og hljóðklippinguna.
HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary 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. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Mel Gibson has been nominated for Best Director for his work on Hacksaw Ridge– his first since he took home a director Oscar for “Braveheart” in 1996. “Hacksaw Ridge,” which tells the story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss and how he saved 75 people during the Battle of Okinawa, racked up six total nominations — best picture, best director, best actor (Andrew Garfield), film editing, sound mixing, and sound editing. Of the best director nominees — which also includes Damien Chazelle, Kenneth Lonergan, Barry Jenkins, and Denis Villeneuve — Gibson is the only one who has been nominated previously.