“Des was such a balanced person – considering how often he was in the firing line by those in his unit.” Neil Thompson explores what would drive Desmond Doss to show kindness and goodness to his fellow man, even in circumstances that were difficult and challenging.
“Whether you’re an atheist, an agnostic or a believer – there’s good and evil in the world.” Justin Lawman outlines the powers of good and evil in the world, and the choices we must make every day to make sure the good always shines through.
“Desmond Doss doesn’t just keep a sabbath – he keeps The Sabbath.” Matt Parra outlines why this one day of the week was so important for Desmond, and the impact it can have in our own lives.
“He’s seen studying his bible for himself.” In this short video, Matt Para delivers a challenge to be more like Desmond – look into The Bible and use it to figure out where you stand.
Mel Gibson’s epic new movie Hacksaw Ridge is quite moving, and will undoubtedly have a massive impact on those who see it. But interestingly, the movie’s also had a huge impact on those involved in filming – not just because it’s employed around 720 Australians and brought in $150 million of investment.
If you’re not one who normally visits the cinemas, you may be weighing up whether you should make the trip in to see Hacksaw Ridge. According to Payorwait.com, this is one of Mel Gibson’s top directorial efforts – and is well worth the price of admission.
Writing for Aletia, film critic David Ives describes how Hacksaw Ridge’s battle scenes are harrowing, not shying away from the blood, gore and horrific realities of war – but this gritty realism only reinforces the power of Desmond’s actions. Despite these challenges scenes, this is an immensely entertaining film that leaves viewers considering their own convictions.
Mel Gibson received a standing ovation when Hacksaw Ridge debuted at the Venice Film Festival this year. It’s almost as if Gibson came out of retirement to tell this story – it’s his first directorial effort in more than ten years. And when asked why he chose to tell the story of Desmond Doss – the World War II conscientious objector who went on to become a war hero – Gibson said: “To go into that [the Battle of Okinawa armed with only your faith, your faith has to be strong in you. That’s an undeniable part of the story I found really inspiring.”
In this interview with Greg Laurie at the SoCal Harvest Crusade in late August, Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson outlines why the story of Desmond Doss needs to be shared. Elsewhere, Gibson also talks about a potential follow up to another of his powerful films with religious influence – The Passion of the Christ.
In this 30-minute special, World War II hero Desmond Doss is reunited with colleagues, comrades and friends from his early life. It’s a unique opportunity to hear how this hero who never touched a gun changed people’s lives – not just those he saved on the battlefield.