Started at the release of Passion of the Christ (2004), Mel Gibson seems to have taking longer time to contemplate, reflect and reread morality papers, in a positive meaning. Pervading into Jesus Christ’ latest 12-hour human life the Passion and jumping to waning days of the Mayan civilization in Apocalypto (2006), Mel once again echoes himself as deep-thinking director with Hackshaw Ridge, released in Indonesia on Nov. 4.
Mel marks his return after a decade of vague by taking the story of Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist and pacifist who served as a US Army combat medic during the World War II in Okinawa, Japan. Desmond, starred by Arsenal FC fan and Spiderman actor Andrew Garfield, managed to save 75 lives without ever lifting a weapon despite of pressure and rebuff from his commanders at the training camp.
Desmond simply doesn’t take the gun because the Holy Bible forbids him to do so, referring to the sixth God’s commandment: Thou shall not kill. Back in the childhood time, Desmond had almost killed his brother with a stone during a brotherhood fight. It was the moment that changes Desmond’s live, besides one when he set his drunken father at the gunpoint to take his mom out of an altercation. Further details on this may be considered as spoiler, so I stop here.