Mel Gibson’s World War II drama Hacksaw Ridgedrew a ten-minute standing ovation during its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on the Lido Sunday night, according to reports.
Hacksaw Ridge — which marks Gibson’s return to the director’s chair for the first time since 2006’s Apocalypto — centers on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, a conscientious objector and medic who received the Medal of Honor for saving 75 men during the bloody Battle of Okinawa during World War II, all without ever firing a gun.
It looks amazing:
On the other hand, did they ever applaud that much for a movie in which the main character fires a gun? Because, that’s what a lot of war movies are about.
It will be a hit as long as they keep Gibson away from the booze.