Soldiers join the battle to fight.
Their only objective is to kill the other side. This can be said of any war, but for World War II things felt different. The other side attacked Pearl Harbor so it was our duty to get revenge.
Desmond T. Doss (Garfield) felt a little differently. Doss wanted to go to war but refused to kill. He wanted to go in as a medic without a weapon to save whoever he could. At training, he was considered a coward among fellow soldiers. When he was finally off to battle, he was granted his request to go in without a weapon, and he found himself at Hacksaw Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa. Desmond saved many, on both sides, and became the first Conscientious objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest honor a soldier can get.
In the above interview, Director Mel Gibson gives us the overall story of the film, Vince Vaughn talks about standing up to your principles, Sam Worthington discusses beliefs, Hugo Weaving brings up how the film is both a war film and an anti-war film, and Andrew Garfield loves that Desmond shows his courage and beliefs by his actions.
Hacksaw Ridge releases this Friday, November 4, 2016.