'Hacksaw Ridge' premiere, cast & update: Mel Gibson's gateway to Hollywood? [Watch trailer]

By Maureen Blas / 2016.09.07

It's been a while since we saw the last of Mel Gibson and now he is making a comeback with his directorial film "Hacksaw Ridge" which he revealed on Saturday at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

The lights went up after viewing the movie which earned a 10-minute standing ovation from the crowd. The story of the movie is about Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield who also played SpiderMan. Desmond is a peacekeeper and an army medic who declined to carry arms but later earned the Medal of Honor for rescuing 75 of his colleagues in Okinawa without a single weapon.

According to USA Today, the movie's review said, "Yet to say that Hacksaw Ridge finally leaves the Gibson scandals behind isn't quite right; it has been made in their shadow. On some not-so-hard-to-read level, the film is conceived and presented as an act of atonement."

Gibson, also an Oscar-winning director was arrested which is associated with a drunk driving occasion in Malibu, California's Pacific Coast Highway and behaved with an anti-Semitic condemnation to the arresting authorities. The incident resulted in Gibson getting exiled from Hollywood with his behavior broadcasted around the world.

"Apocalypto" was the last movie that Gibson directed and at the same time, he was dealing with the scandal. After 10 years, he is making a comeback with "Hacksaw Ridge" which is anticipated to earn awards in November. If so, it would stamp his re-admission into the center of the industry, Variety reported.

"Hacksaw Ridge" is the first ever film he directed after a decade and actor-director along with the casts were flabbergasted and really out of words. Following the gala premiere was a dinner hosted by Eagle Pictures and Andrea Leone, Hacksaw's Italian distributors.

Gibson also directed "Braveheart" and the faith-driven "The Passion of Christ". "Hacksaw Ridge" will be released locally on November 4. No information has been disclosed regarding an international release.

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