I was a football junkie then and growing up in a rural settlement, the round ball game served as our only entertainment during the weekends.
At first I was pretty upset with the idea that Sunday should be a rest day. It didn’t made sense to me then.
For us, weekends were spent either playing football against the neighbouring village boys, fishing and prawning or swimming.
I would question my parents whose stern looks were enough to shut me down. They cared but they didn’t know much then to explain why Sunday had to be the rest day.
Not that I did not had faith in my then evolving Christian beliefs, I wasn’t too sure about sacrificing probably the only thing we look forward to ending our day with.
There were conflicting views.
I hesitantly adhered to my new found Christian belief and soon found the answers I was yearning for.
My mates would drop by, if they manage to sneak past the elders at our place, and try to lure us to the Sunday shenanigans.
It always sounded tempting but I held on to my conviction and I guess, I triumphed every time Satan tried to question my beliefs.
As time went by, I became a bit complacent. I haven’t been true to my convictions, be it religious or any other sorts, and Hacksaw Ridge was a perfect wake up call.
Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war film directed by Mel Gibson, starring Andrew Garfield in the lead role as Private Desmond Doss.
The movie is based on an extraordinary true story of Doss who was the only American soldier in World War II to fight on the front lines without a weapon.
Doss was a Seventh Day Adventist and also refused to work on Saturday.
He strongly believed in the Sixth Commandment of the Old Testament – “Thou shalt not kill”.
Doss grew up in Virginia with his religious mother, abusive and drunkard father and brother Hal (Nathaniel Buzolic).
The two were mischievous and one day during a play fight, Doss strikes Hal with a brick leaving him unconscious.
Doss gets traumatised by the experience and vows never to hold the intention of killing any person again.
Years later, a young Doss while helping an injured man to the hospital, sees and falls in love with Dorothy Schutte (Teresa Palmer). After Hal leaves the family to join the Army for WWII despite the disapproval of their World War I veteran father, Doss follows suit.
He intends to serve as the medic, but when he joins training at Fort Jackson, Doss is thrown at the deep end.
He is asked to do weapon training by his superiors which also include Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) and Captain Glover (Sam Worthington) and also train on Saturdays.
Doss faces court martial for disobeying his superiors’ orders but the charges are dropped and he is cleared to join the battlefield without carrying a weapon.
At the bloodiest battle of WWII against the Japanese in Okinawa, Doss alone saved 75 injured men without firing or carrying a gun.
Hacksaw Ridge is probably the best war movie I have seen to date.
The depiction of war scene in motion picture has never looked so authentic before.
In Hacksaw Ridge, you feel the pain that those in the heart of the battlefield go through, all thanks to some brilliant cinematography and direction.
Director Gibson has given this movie a Midas touch that will surely reap gold at the box office.
His vision to create beauty out of such brutality is remarkable. Hacksaw Ridge is a story of a man with the will to serve his country without compromising the desire of his soul.
It is about a man who is not willing to give in to his convictions despite the circumstances.
Hacksaw Ridge is a perfect tribute to a man, who stood by his principle, risked his life and without firing a bullet, saved the lives of many.
This is a story that many don’t know. It is a story that had to be told. And the wait was worth it.