Mel Gibson may have had his problems in the past. How many of us can forget the onslaught of media reports of his drunken tirade with officers when he was pulled over for OWI where he made anti-Semitic statements that essentially blacklisted him in Hollywood for over a decade? But no one can deny the man is an incredible director and filmmaker. His directing of films "Braveheart" and "The Passion of the Christ" earned him awards as well as praise. It has been ten years since Gibson has directed a film and he is back bigger than ever with his recent movie, "Hacksaw Ridge," currently out in theaters.

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About the film

The film is based on a true story about the American Army medic Desmond T. Ross, played superbly by Andrew Garfield. Desmond T. Ross refused to use a weapon or kill anyone on the battle field in WWII. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa, without ever firing his weapon. The film features an A-list cast and stars Teresa Palmer as Desmond’s love interest, Vince Vaughn as the militant Sergeant Howell, and Sam Worthington as Captain Glover.

The Box Office

"Doctor Strange" may have swept the box office this weekend but "Hacksaw Ridge" was holding its own against such big competition and already earned around $15 million dollars at the box office its first weekend, coming up third just behind the children's film, "Trolls." The film cost $40 million dollars to make but early predictions show it will blow those numbers out of the water.

What the critics have to say

The picture is getting high praise as well and already has an 8.8 rating on IMDb and an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics are calling it "powerful, moving and simply inspiring." Many believe this role might earn Andrew Garfield his first Oscar nomination, and perhaps a win. The Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson may also receive another Academy Award for Best Director, which he could put next to his award for Best Director for "Braveheart." "Hacksaw Ridge" is a must-see for any movie-goer out there, and is in theaters now.