Thursday 4th May 2017 - 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm, Palmer Building
With scenes reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan, this is the Oscar winning true story of a committed pacifist who performs acts of extreme courage on the battlefield. It’s an anti-war film where the hero refuses to take up arms, and an action movie that shows bravery and camaraderie in the face of unstinting carnage. Desmond Doss, an army medic, evacuates wounded alone, from behind enemy lines, braves fire tending casualties, is wounded by a sniper. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight unarmed on the front lines, believing while war was unavoidable, nothing justified killing.
Australia-USA 2016 – directed by Mel Gibson – with Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn – 136 min
Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is one of the best Second World War movies since Terrence Malick’s ‘The Thin Red Line’ – INDEPENDENT
It’s rousing filmmaking with an exceptional performance from Andrew Garfield as a character who is both an all-American hero and another of Gibson’s masochistic martyrs – INDEPENDENT