Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington
This is the true story of Desmond Doss, a WWII conscientious objector who enlists in the war on the premise that he didn't have to kill anyone. Strange as it may seem, he ends up becoming a hero on the battlefield, saving half his squadron and even the enemy.
Desmond Doss is a Seventh Day Adventist and takes to heart the bit about "thou shall not kill". Instead he wants to save people by being a medic but refuses to carry a gun. Stubborn lot these Adventist - and Desmond is a shining example of this when his superiors try to get him kicked out for being a fruit loop.
The battle scenes are awesome and pretty graphic. So too is Garfield's performance as Doss, but the main attraction to this film has to be the strange but true story behind it.
The futility of soldiers screaming out "Medic" on the battlefield has always amused me when watching war films. 'I mean what's the point really! - For example, there's a scene where a medicine bottle drip is hooked up and 5 minutes later gets shot down.
I guess you gotta try, and this poor bastard sure stuck to his guns (pun intended). He ended up saving 75 soldiers in one battle. A true hero in anyone's book. ROB