Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson’s Oscar-nominated tale of wartime resistance, comes to HBO.
HACKSAW RIDGE (2016) 8 p.m. on HBO. Andrew Garfield earned an Oscar nod as Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who refused to carry a gun but was awarded the Medal of Honor as an Army medic in the Battle of Okinawa in Mel Gibson’s best-picture contender. (It won for film editing and sound mixing.) Mr. Gibson, “an able craftsman and a shrewd showman,” lacks subtlety, and his “appetite for gore is without equal in modern Hollywood,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. But this is nevertheless “a bluntly effective faith-and-flag war drama, the true story of a remarkable hero with a knot of moral tension at its center.”