Starring Andrew Garfield!

Oh Mel Gibson, your crazy ass has been gone for far too long. The first trailer for his World War II epic Hacksaw Ridge just dropped, and it looks pretty great. Well, aside from Andrew Garfield’s distracting southern accent. Check it out:

Personally, my favorite part of the trailer is when Garfield drop kicks a live grenade.

Say what you want about Gibson, but he knows how to direct the hell out of a film. It’s been 10 years since his last directorial effort, and that is 10 years too long. This looks great, if leaning a tad on the nationalistic side. A film focused on a pacifist soldier sounds pretty interesting, and looks like it’ll offer up wondrous dramatic potential for Garfield. Hopefully  he is able to over come that accent. Maybe it’s just weird to see Garfield sport a southern accent, and it’ll sound more natural in the full length film.

For a film focused on a conscientious objector, it sure looks violent. Then again, this is a WW2 movie, so that’s sort of expected. This looks to be another entry into the pantheon of great gritty, WW2 films, and with a November release, I wonder if the studio is targeting Oscar nominations for the film. Gibson directed pics tend to accumulate a large number of nominations, so it wouldn’t be surprising.

Anyway, here’s a synopsis:

HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of conscientious collaborator Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed the war was just, but killing was nevertheless wrong; he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic, Doss 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. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

I don’t know about you, but I’m totally sold on this. We’ll all be able to check out Garfield’s accent when the film hits theaters November 4th. You going or nah?

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