During the bloodiest battle of World War II, one man saved 75 men without firing or even carrying a gun.
Desmond Doss believed that war was justified, but killing was always wrong, and became the only American soldier to fight on the front lines without a gun. He worked as an army medic, evacuating the wounded from enemy lines, and his bravery was awarded by becoming the first conscientious objector to earn the Congressional Medal of Honour.
His incredible story is brought to the big screen with Mel Gibson in the director's chair, and Andrew Garfield receiving ‘deserved’ award nominations for his portrayal.
Expect heavy a uncompromising battlefield, with some calling the devastating confusion of close combat, the most violent ever captured on film…
“Gibson has made a movie that's nearly pathological but he nonetheless counterbalances it with an understanding of the psychological devastation that war wreaks.” (New Yorker)
“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 (and disturbs) on a big screen.” (Telegraph) (research Matt Snowden). Perhaps for anti-violence, war should be seen in all its visceral horror? You decide.